When my Thursday Naturalist friends and I semi-annually visit Canal Park in Rensselaer County, we usually confine our searches to the woods along the high banks of the Champlain Canal and the Hoosic River, as well as a rich alluvial plain where some of our native plants like Green Dragon, Giant Ragweed, and Joe Pye Weed grow to prodigious size. But as a group, we have never ventured out on the low rocky shore of the Hoosic as it approaches its junction with the Hudson River downstream. Some of our friends might find it too risky to navigate the irregularly eroded jagged shale, or hop across puddles slippery with silt. But my friend Ruth Brooks and I took our chances on this somewhat daunting terrain last Thursday, curious to see what we might find in this previously unexplored territory.
Our Thursday group has kept a record of all the plants we have found at Canal Park, and I don't believe this species has been recorded by our group as yet. But today, we found just scads of them out here on the shaley shore. So I am going to sign off now, and then send a link to this post to my friends in the Thursday Naturalists so the record can be updated.