Little Calumet River Prairie & Wetlands
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The Little Calumet River Prairie and Wetlands Nature Preserve is owned by the city of Gary, and the eastern part of the parcel is managed by Dr. Spencer Cortwright of IUN (affectionately known as "Cortwright's Prairie" by IUN folks). This is a 10 acre site that stretches from Indiana University Northwest north to 80/94 and west around the Gleason Golf Coarse and park area. The area is one small part of an ambitious, long-term initiative to restore more than 1,000 acres of wetlands, prairie, and savanna. There are more than 150 native plant species that can be found in this prairie land.
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Four new wetland/grassland/wooded plots were added in 2013 in preparation for possible future expansion.

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Latin NameCommon NameMapStrataNative?
Abutilon theophrastivelvetleaf; butterprintNO
Acalypha rhomboideathree-seeded mercuryYES
Acer negundobox elderYES
Acer saccharinumsilver mapleYES
Ailanthus altissimatree of heavenNO [invasive]
Alisma subcordatumcommon water plantainYES
Alliaria petiolatagarlic mustardNO [invasive]
Amaranthus hybridusgreen amaranthYES
Ambrosia artemisiifoliacommon ragweedYES
Ambrosia trifidagiant ragweedYES
Andropogon gerardiibig bluestem; turkeyfootYES
Anemone  ?
Anemone virginianatall anemone; thimbleweedYES
Apocynum cannabinumindian help; dogbaneYES
Apocynum sibiricumprairie indian hemp; dogbaneYES
Aquilegia canadensiswild columbineYES
Arctium minuscommon burdockNO [invasive]
Arnoglossum atriplicifoliumpale indian plantainYES
Artemisia vulgarismugwortNO [invasive]
Asclepias incarnataswamp milkweedYES
Asclepias sullivantiiprairie milkweedYES
Asclepias syriacacommon milkweedYES
Asclepias tuberosabutterfly weed; butterly milkweedYES
Asclepias verticillatawhorled milkweedYES
Aster ericoidesheath asterYES
Aster laevissmooth blue asterYES
Aster lanceolatus var. simplexpanicled asterYES
Aster lateriflorusside-flowering asterYES
Aster novae-angliaeNew England asterYES
Aster pilosushairy aster; frost-weed asterYES
Aster umbellatusflat-top asterYES
Baptisia tinctoriayellow wild indigoYES
Barbarea vulgarisyellow rocket; winter cressNO
Bidens  ?
Bidens cernuanodding bur marigoldYES
Bidens tripartitaswamp tickseedYES
Boehmeria cylindricarough false nettleYES
Bromus  ?
Bromus japonicusJapanese chessNO
Callirhoe involucratapurple poppy mallowNO
Calystegia sepiumhedge bindweedYES
Capsella bursa-pastorisshepherd's purseNO
Carex bicknelliicopper-shouldered oval sedgeYES
Celtis occidentalishackberryYES
Cephalanthus occidentalisbuttonbushYES
Chenopodium albumlamb's quartersNO
Chrysanthemum leucanthemumox-eye daisyNO [invasive]
Cirsium arvensefield thistle; Canada thistleNO [invasive]
Cirsium discolorpasture thistleYES
Cirsium vulgarebull thistleNO [invasive]
Conyza canadensishorseweedYES
Conyza ramosissimadwarf fleabaneYES
Coreopsis palmataprairie coreopsisYES
Crataegus monogynasingle-seeded hawthornNO
Cuscuta  ?
Cyperus  ?
Dactylis glomerataorchard grassNO
Dalea candidawhite prairie cloverYES
Dalea purpureapurple prairie cloverYES
Daucus carotawild carrot; Queen Anne's laceNO [invasive]
Desmanthus illinoensisIllinois sensitive plant; Illlinois bundle flowerYES
Desmodium canadenseshowy tick trefoilYES
Desmodium illinoenseIllinois tick trefoilYES
Echinacea pallidapurple coneflowerYES
Echinacea purpureabroad-leaved purple coneflowerYES
Echinochloa  ?
Elymus  ?
Elymus canadensisCanada wild ryeYES
Elymus repensquack grassNO [invasive]
Elymus virginicusVirginia wild ryeYES
Erechtites hieraciifolius var. hieraciifoliuspilewort, burnweed, white fireweedYES
Erigeron annuusannual fleabaneYES
Erigeron strigosusdaisy fleabaneYES
Eryngium yuccifoliumrattlesnake masterYES
Eupatorium altissimumtall bonesetYES
Eupatorium serotinumlate bonesetYES
Euthamia graminifolia var. nuttalliihairy grass-leaved goldenrodYES
Fallopia scandensclimbing false buckwheatYES
Fragaria virginianawild strawberryYES
Fraxinus pennsylvanicared ashYES
Galium aparineannual bedstraw; cleaversYES
Geum canadensewhite avens; wood avensYES
Gleditsia triacanthoshoney locustYES
Hackelia virginianastickseedYES
Helenium flexuosumpurple-headed sneezeweedNO
Helianthus  ?
Helianthus divaricatuswoodland sunflowerYES
Helianthus grosseserratussawtooth sunflowerYES
Helianthus hirsutushispid sunflowerYES
Helianthus mollisdowny sunflowerYES
Heliopsis helianthoidesfalse sunflower, oxeyeYES
Heuchera richardsoniiprairie alum rootYES
Hordeum jubatumsquirrel-tail grassNO
Hydrocotyle ranunculoidesbuttercup pennywortNO
Hypericum  ?
Lactuca serriolaprickly lettuceNO
Lamium amplexicauledead nettle; henbitNO
Leersia oryzoidesrice cut grassYES
Lemna  ?
Leonurus cardiacamotherwortNO
Lepidium virginicumcommon peppergrassYES
Liatris  ?
Lotus corniculatusbird's foot trefoilNO [invasive]
Lycopus  ?
Lycopus uniflorusnorthern bugle weedYES
Lythrum salicariapurple loosestrifeNO [invasive]
Malus coronariawild sweet crabYES
Melilotussweet cloverNO
Melilotus albawhite sweet cloverNO [invasive]
Mentha arvensiswild mintYES
Monarda fistulosawild bergamontYES
Morus albawhite mulberryNO [invasive]
Nepeta catariacatnipNO
Oenothera bienniscommon evening primroseYES
Oxalis dilleniicommon wood sorrelYES
Oxalis strictatall wood sorrelYES
Panicum virgatumswitch grassYES
Parthenium integrifoliumwild quinine; American feverfewYES
Pastinaca sativawild parsnipNO [invasive]
Penstemon digitalisfoxglove beard tongueYES
Persicaria amphibia var. stipulaceawater knotweed; water heartseaseYES
Persicaria maculosalady's thumbNO [invasive]
Persicaria pensylvanicapinkweed; long-styled knotweedYES
Persicaria punctatasmartweedYES
Phalaris arundinaceareed canary grassNO [invasive]
Phragmites australiscommon reedNO [invasive]
Physalis longifolia var. subglabratatall ground cherryYES
Phytolacca americanapokeweedYES
Pilea pumilaclearweedYES
Plantago lanceolataEnglish plantainNO
Plantago majorcommon plantainNO
Plantago rugeliired-stalked plantainYES
Poa pratensisKentucky blue grassNO [invasive]
Polygonatum biflorumsmooth Solomon's sealYES
Polygonum avicularecommon knotweedNO
Populus deltoideseastern cottonwoodYES
Potentilla argutaprairie cinquefoilYES
Potentilla norvegicarough cinquefoil; Norway cinquefoilYES
Pycnanthemum virginianumVirginia mountain mintYES
Quercus bicolorswamp white oakYES
Ranunculus  ?
Ranunculus abortivussmall-flowered buttercupYES
Ranunculus pensylvanicusbristly buttercupYES
Raphanus raphanistrumwild radishNO
Ratibida pinnatayellow coneflower; gray-headed coneflowerYES
Rhamnus catharticacommon buckthornNO [invasive]
Rhamnus frangulaglossy buckthornNO [invasive]
Rosa carolinapasture roseYES
Rosa multifloraJapanese rose; multiflora roseNO [invasive]
Rudbeckia hirtablack-eyed SusanYES
Ruellia humilishairy ruellia; wild petuniaYES
Rumex crispuscurly dockNO
Rumex verticillatusswamp dockYES
Sagittaria cuneataarum-leaved arrowheadYES
Sambucus canadensiselderberryYES
Schedonorus pratensismeadow fescueNO [invasive]
Schizachyrium scopariumlittle bluestem grassYES
Scirpus  ?
Scutellaria laterifloramad-dog skullcapYES
Setaria  ?
Silene latifolia ssp. albawhite campionNO
Silphium integrifolium var. integrifoliumrosin weedYES
Silphium laciniatumcompass plantYES
Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatumcup plantYES
Silphium terebinthinaceum var. terebinthinaceumprairie dockYES
Sinapis albawhite mustardNO
Sium suavetall water parsnipYES
Solanum americanumAmerican black nightshadeYES
Solanum dulcamarabittersweet nightshadeNO [invasive]
Solanum ptychanthumblack nightshadeYES
Solidago altissimatall goldenrodYES
Solidago gigantealate goldenrodYES
Solidago rigidastiff goldenrodYES
Solidago speciosa ssp. speciosashowy goldenrodYES
Sonchus arvensis ssp. uliginosuscommon sow thistleNO [invasive]
Sonchus asperspiny sow thistleNO
Sorghastrum nutansindian grassYES
Sparganium eurycarpumcommon bur reedYES
Spartina pectinataprairie cord grassYES
Stellaria mediacommon chickweedNO
Taraxacum officinalecommon dandelionNO
Thlaspi arvensepenny cressNO
Toxicodendron radicanspoison ivyYES
Tradescantia ohiensiscommon spiderwortYES
Tragopogon dubiussand goat's beardNO [invasive]
Trifolium dubiumlittle hop cloverNO
Trifolium hybridumAlsike cloverNO
Trifolium pratensered cloverNO [invasive]
Typha x glaucahybrid cattailNO [invasive]
Ulmus pumilaSiberian elmNO [invasive]
Ulmus rubraslippery elmYES
Urtica dioica ssp. gracilistall nettleYES
Verbena hastatablue vervainYES
Verbena strictahoary vervainYES
Verbena urticifoliahairy white vervainYES
Vernonia gigantea ssp. giganteasmooth tall ironweedYES
Viola  ?
Viola sororiacommon blue violetYES
Vitis ripariariverbank grapeYES
Zizia aureagolden AlexandersYES
127 native16 unknown57 nonnative(28 invasive non-native)Species count : 200
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