GOLDSMITH'S INLET COUNTY PARK AND NATURE PRESERVE
just east of Goldsmith Inlet in Peconic on the North Fork
Off Mill Road
60 acres


Overlooks Long Island Sound at the end of Mill Road.
Unsupervised beachfront. Parking by permit only.


Dr. Les Sirkin, geologist

system of undulating dunes on top of the moraine

a pygmy forest composed of stunted, gnarled and contorted oak and basswood trees

Tilia americana (American basswood)

The maritime oak-basswood forest is dominated by dwarf individuals of:
Quercus stellata (post oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Amelanchier canadensis (shadbush)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Carya tomentosa
Carya glabra

sandy ridgetops:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Betula papyrifera (paper birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Deschampsia flexuosa (common hairgrass)
Smilacina stellata (starry false Solomon' seal)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Solidago sempervirens (seaside goldenrod)
Myrica pensylvanica (bayberry)
Rosa carolina (pasture rose)
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax glauca (brier)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)

Eric Lamont


LIBS newsletter Sept-Oct 1997


Seabeach Sandwort (Honkenya or Arenaria peploides) and Blue Scorpion Grass (Myosotis stricta (micrantha)) found here.

Source:  Guy Tudor.  Now You See It, Now You Don't: A selected list of New York and New Jersey wildflowers and flowerings shrubs not covered in the standard regional guides. The Linnaean News Letter. Volume 59, Number 3, May 2005.