Indian Run is located in Dublin, Ohio, a northwest suburb of Columbus.  It’s a ravine with a tributary to the Scioto River running through it.  The waterfall itself is around 10 feet high with a large cascade above it, and during a heavy rain it could be quite impressive.  The park is actually in the middle of downtown Dublin, and is quite a gem in the midst of the urban sprawl.


(Image taken from Google Maps: <https://www.google.com/maps/@40.1024167,-83.1197559,696m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en>)


One of the trees found within Indian Run is the shellbark hickory (Carya laciniosa).  Hickory used to be used in aircraft construction due to its durability.

Another tree found at Indian Run is the green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica).  Ash is commonly used for tool handles and baseball bats, although it’s not as popular as white ash.

Flowers and Fruits

One flower found in Indian Run is a spreading aster (Asteraceae patens).

One plant that was fruiting was Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii).  Amur honeysuckle is an invasive native to western China.

Vines and Shrubs

A very common vine in the park is Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).  The roots of this vine can be used as a remedy for diarrhea!

Another common vine is the dangerous poison ivy (Toxicondendra radicans).

Moss and lichen

One moss I found in the ravine was thuidium.   Thuidium has tiny leaves that look like baby ferns.

A lichen I found was a

2 of my high Coefficient of Conservatism (CC) plants I found were sycamore and pawpaw.  Pawpaw are famous in Ohio for the fruit they produce.  They are the largest fruit tree in North America.  Sycamores are easily identified by their peeling outer bark that exposes the white bark underneath, especially in big trees.  This makes them stand out, especially in fall when the forests are mostly brown.

Pawpaw have large, broad leaves

Note the white trunk of the sycamore


2 of the low CC plants I found were poison ivy and Virginia creeper.  Poison ivy secretes chemicals that leave an itchy rash when it comes in contact with the skin, making it very unpleasant.  Virginia creeper is often mistaken for poison ivy because they can be found growing near each other, and it looks very similar as seen in the pictures below.

Poison ivy

Virginia creeper


Below is a species list that I collected for the area, including CCs and Floristic Quality Index.