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6 January 2023 The vascular flora of Riverdale Park, Bronx, New York
Richard Stalter, Rosivel Galvez, Jenny Huang, Selin Ipe, Clara Maria L. Gata, Jingjing Tong, Khadija Yousuff, Mark Yagudayev, Ariana Maks, Adam Leviyev, Kathleen Nolan
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Abstract

The flora at Riverdale Park was sampled during the 2021 growing season, April through October, to create an inventory of the native and nonnative vascular plant species. One hundred ninety species in 151 genera in 85 families were identified. Maples, Acer spp., and oaks, Quercus spp., were the most diverse genera in the flora with six species, while Rubus was represented by four species. Seventy-six taxa, 40% of the flora, were not native to the region. Many nonnative vascular plant species may be relicts of the past land use history, as Riverdale Park is situated on old estates created in the 1800s. The high percentage of nonnative taxa in the Riverdale Park study is related to the urban environment and past land use history.

Richard Stalter, Rosivel Galvez, Jenny Huang, Selin Ipe, Clara Maria L. Gata, Jingjing Tong, Khadija Yousuff, Mark Yagudayev, Ariana Maks, Adam Leviyev, and Kathleen Nolan "The vascular flora of Riverdale Park, Bronx, New York," The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 150(2), 357-363, (6 January 2023). https://doi.org/10.3159/TORREY-D-22-00012.1
Received: 4 May 2022; Published: 6 January 2023
KEYWORDS
floristic inventory
land use history
nonnative vegetation
urban park
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