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Bio-diversity and Species Listing (Flora)

Pleasant Valley Park is very valuable ecologically because of its size. Biologists have found that when a wooded area gets smaller than 100 hectares (247 acres) the probability of finding certain species of wildlife drops sharply. PV Park is over 15 acres larger than the critical point where bio diversity begins to plummet, so it could serve as a valuable refuge for certain species of birds. For that reason alone, it is worth saving and a valuable asset to the community. Besides serving as a possible wildflower refugia, it may also be important someday as a wildlife corridor. It is another place to control the deer population and a place for old growth to develop. The terrain is particularly scenic, and like Duff Park, when the trees mature, could draw tourists. It is worth keeping, now and even more so in the future.

Species Lists - Flora (10/5/11)

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American basswood Eastern hemlock Red mulberry
American beech Eastern white pine Red oak
American elm European chestnut Red pine
American holly Flowering dogwood Sassafras
American hornbeam Flowering peach Serviceberry
American sycamore Grey-stemmed dogwood Shagbark hickory
Apple Hackberry Shingle oak
Beech Hawthorne Silver maple
Big tooth aspen Hop hornbeam Slippery elm
Bitternut hickory Ironwood Staghorn sumac
Black birch Northern catalpa Sugar maple
Black cherry Northern red oak Sycamore
Black gum Norway spruce Tree-of-heaven
Black locust Paw paw Tulip tree
Black oak Pignut hickory White ash
Black walnut Pin cherry White oak
Catalpa Pitch pine White pine
Crab apple Red maple Witch-hazel
For more info about the trees located in Pleasant Valley Park,
please visit our Tree Identification Sign Project Page.

Fungi, Ferns and Lichens
Black cherry burl Green shield lichen Sensitive fern
Christmas fern Nectria galligena fungus
on Sassafras trees
Target fungus
Ebony spleenwort Violet-toothed polypore

Vines and Shrubs
Barberry Multi-flora rose Spicebush
Black jetbead Oriental bittersweet Summer grape
Black raspberry Poison ivy Virginia creeper
Creeping dewberry Privet Wild hydrangea
Greenbrier Serviceberry Witch hazel

Winter Weeds
Anne's lace Deptford pink Rough-fruited
Avens species Dogbane
Bitter dock Garlic mustard Self-heal
Broom sedge Horse nettle Teasel
Brown-eyed Susan Indian hemp Tick-trefoil
Burdock Penstemon digitalis
White snakeroot
Canada goldenrod White vervain
Canada rye grass Poison hemlock White basil
Dame's rocket Pokeweed Yarrow

American pennyroyal Early goldenrod Pennsylvania sedge
Baneberry (Doll's eyes) Early saxifrage Red clover
Bird's-foot trefoil Ebony spleenwort Rice cutgrass
Black-eyed susan Enchanter's nightshade Shrubby St. Johnswort
Blue phlox False mermaid Smooth rock cress
Bluet False nettle Spotted touch-me-not
Bottlebrush grass Figwort Star of Bethlehem
Butter-and-eggs Flowering spurge Starry campion
Butterflyweed Garlic mustard Sweet cicely
Calico aster Gill-over-the-ground Tear thumb
Canada goldenrod Golden ragwort Thyme-leaved
Chicory Grass: Poa
Christmas fern Timothy grass
Climbing false
Heath aster Trillium grandiflorum
Japanese stitgrass Violet, common blue
Common chickweed Joe pye weed Violet, pale (cream)
Common ragweed Kidney leaf buttercup Virginia spring beauty
Coneflower, green
Lowrie's aster Watercress
(Nasturtium officinale)
Corydalis Milkweed White avens
Crownvetch Miterwort Wild ginger
Cutleaf toothwort New England aster Wild stonecrop
Daffodil Nodding onion Wild strawberry
Daisy fleabane Oxeye (Heliopsis
Deer-tonque grass Yellow goatsbeard
Dutchmen's breeches Pennsylvania bittercress Yellow sweet clover

Do you like to take photos of wildlife and plants? We would love to have photo examples of all the flora and fauna on our species lists. However, the photos MUST be taken in Pleasant Valley Park in Murrysville.

Contact Bonnie Belak at 724-327-6885 to discuss submitting your photos.