Hackensack River Greenway (Pomander Walk Open Space)
Teaneck, Bergen County, N.J.


Directions:

Route 4, from points east or west. Get off at the River Road-Teaneck-Bogota exit of Route 4. Turn right at the bottom of the exit (going toward Bogota). Drive one-half mile until Cedar Lane traffic light. Turn right and go one block. Turn left at Pomander Walk. Park at the end of the street.

8/05/2006.  My wife Rosemary was taking pictures of the Hackensack River and I tagged along.  Added only two species.  I noticed that the field house at Foschini Park on the other side of the Hackensack River can be seen.  The trail was very messy and in parts it looked like a dump.  Patrick L. Cooney


PLANT LIST:
DeeAnn Ipp and the Torrey Botanical Society (especially Dr. William F. Standaert)


Trees:
Acer negundo (box-elder maple) common
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple) few
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven) some
Albizia julibrissin (silk tree)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Catalpa speciosa (northern catalpa) few
Celtis occidentalis (hackberry) few
Chaenomeles speciosa (Japanese quince) 1
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust) few saplings
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Koelreuteria paniculata (goldenrain tree) 7/13/03
Morus alba (white mulberry) common
Populus deltoides var. deltoides (cottonwood) common
Prunus cerasifera (cherry plum)
Prunus serotina (black cherry) some
Pyrus baccata (Siberian crab apple)
Pyrus calleryana (callery pear)
Pyrus malus (apple)
Quercus palustris (pin oak) some
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust) common
Salix babylonica (weeping willow) few
Ulmus americana (American elm) few
Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm) 1

Shrubs:
Baccharis halimifolia (groundsel tree) few
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Cornus cornuta (beaked hazel)
Hibiscus syriacus (rose of Sharon)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lycium barbarum (matrimony vine)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose) few
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Sambucus canadensis (common elder) 1
Viburnum dentatum var. lucidum (arrowwood viburnum) some

Vines:
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (porcelain berry) locally common
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed) few  8/05/2006 9/17/00
Celastrus orbiculatus (oriental bittersweet) some
Cuscuta obtusiflora var. glandulosa (Peruvian dodder)
Hedera helix (English ivy) locally common
Humulus japonicus (Japanese hops) common 9/17/00
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)  8/05/2006
Menispermum canadense (moonseed) 1
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper) some
Polygonum scandens var. scandens (climbing false buckwheat) few patches 9/17/00
Strophostyles helvola (trailing wild bean)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy) few

Herbs:
Acalypha rhomboidea (three-seeded mercury)
Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) some
Allium vineale (field garlic) 7/13/03
Amaranthus blitum (amaranth) few 9/17/00
Amaranthus cannabinus (water hemp) few 9/17/00
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed) few 9/17/00
Anagallis arvensis var. arvensis (scarlet pimpernel) few?  7/13/03 9/17/00
Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)
Arctium minus (common burdock) few  8/05/2006 9/17/00
Artemisia annua (annual wormwood) some
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort) common 9/17/00
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) few  7/13/03
Aster lanceolatus var. simplex (aster) 1 clump 9/17/00
Aster novae-angliae (New England aster) 1 9/17/00
Aster pilosus var. pringlei (aster) some 9/17/00
Aster subulatus (annual salt marsh aster) locally common 9/17/00
Atriplex hastata (orache) few
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress)
Bidens frondosa (beggarticks) some 9/17/00
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed) 7/13/03
Chelidonium majus (celandine)  8/05/2006
Chenopodium album (pigweed) some 9/17/00
Cichorium intybus (chicory) few  8/05/2006 9/17/00
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle) 1 patch  7/13/03
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle) few  8/05/2006
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower) 1 9/17/00
Conyza canadensis (horseweed) some
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) some 7/13/03 9/17/00
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink) 7/13/03
Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane) some 7/13/03 9/17/00
Erigeron strigosus var. strigosus (daisy fleabane) 2 9/17/00
Eupatorium rugosum var. rugosum (white snakeroot) some 9/17/00
Eupatorium serotinum (late eupatorium) few 9/17/00
Eupatorium sp. (altissimum? serotinum?) (tall snakeroot?) 1 9/17/00
Euphorbia nutans (eyebane spurge) some
Euphorbia maculata (spotted spurge) some 9/17/00
Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry) 2
Gallium mollugo (wild madder)
Geranium carolinianum var. confertiflorum (Carolina stork's bill)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground)
Helianthus annuus (common sunflower) 1? 9/17/00
Hibiscus moscheutos (swamp rose mallow)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) few 9/17/00
Iris pseudacorus (yellow flag) 1
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort) some 7/13/03
Lepidium virginicum var. virginicum (peppergrass)
Lespedeza striata (Japanese bush clover) 1 large patch 9/17/00
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) some
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil) few 9/17/00
Ludwigia palustris (water purslane) some
Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed) 2 9/17/00
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) some 7/13/03 8/05/2006 9/17/00
Medicago lupulina (black medick) few 7/13/03
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover) some 7/13/03 8/05/2006 9/17/00
Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover) 7/13/03
Oenothera biennis var. biennis (common evening-primrose) some 9/17/00
Oxalis dillenii (yellow wood sorrel) 1 9/17/00
Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel) few 7/13/03 9/17/00
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) some 9/17/00
Plantago aristata (bracted plantain) few?
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) common 7/13/03
Plantago major (common plantain) few
Pluchea odorata var. succulenta (marsh fleabane) some 9/17/00
Polygonum arenastrum (common knotweed) some
Polygonum cespitosum var. longisetum (cespitose smartweed) some 7/13/03 9/17/00
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese smartweed) common
Polygonum hydropiper (water pepper) 1 patch
Polygonum lapathifolium (nodding smartweed) common 7/13/03 9/17/00
Polygonum pensylvanicum (pink smartweed) some 9/17/00
Polygonum punctatum var. punctatum (dotted smartweed) common
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed) few
Portulaca oleracea (common purslane) few
Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil) few 9/17/00
Potentilla norvegica (strawberry weed) few 7/13/03
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil) few
Rumex crispus (curled dock) few
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock) few
Rumex verticillatus (swamp dock) (Check mature fruits later) few
Samolus floribundus (water pimpernel)  8/05/2006
Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet)
Senecio vulgaris (common groundsel) few 9/17/00
Silene latifolia (white campion) 7/13/03
Solanum carolinense (horse nettle nightshade) 1 small patch 7/13/03
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade) some 7/13/03  8/05/206
Solanum nigrum var. virginicum (black nightshade) few 7/13/03 9/17/00
Solidago canadensis var. scabra (goldenrod) some 9/17/00
Solidago juncea (early goldenrod) 2 9/17/00
Sonchus asper (prickly sow thistle)  8/05/2006
Spergularia marina (salt marsh sand spurrey) (Did not stop to check ID) few 9/17/00
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) some 9/17/00
Thlaspi arvense (pennycress)
Tradescantia virginiana (spiderwort)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) few 9/17/00
Trifolium repens (white clover) few
Urtica dioica var. dioica (stinging nettle) 7/13/03 soon
Verbascum blattaria (moth mullein) some 7/13/03
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena bracteata (prostrate vervain) few 7/13/03 9/17/00
Verbena urticifolia var. urticifolia (white vervain) some 7/13/03 9/17/00 only few in bloom
Veronica anagallis-aquatica (water speedwell) 7/13/03
Xanthium strumarium var. canadense (cocklebur) few

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex sp. (sedge)Verbena urticifolia var. urticifolia (white vervain) some 7/13/03 9/17/00 only few in bloom
Carex vulpinoidea var. vulplinoidea (fox sedge)
Cyperus strigosus (false nutsedge) few
Juncus tenuis (path rush) some
Scirpus pungens (common three-square bulrush)

Grasses:
Agrostis gigantea (redtop grass)
Bromus japonicus (Japanese brome grass) 1
Bromus tectorum (downy brome)
Calamagrostis epigejos (steppe reedgrass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Digitaria sanguinalis (crab grass) some
Echinochloa crus-galli var. crus-galli (barnyard grass) few
Eleusine indica (zipper grass) few
Elytrigia repens (quack grass)
Eragrostis frankii (love grass) locally common
Holcus lanatus (velvet grass)
Leersia virginica (rice cut grass)1 patch 9/17/00
Lolium perenne var. perenne (perennial ryegrass)
Panicum virgatum (switch-grass) few?
Panicum dichotomiflorum (panic grass) 1 clump 9/17/00
Phleum pratense (timothy grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass) some
Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)
Poa pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass) common, lawns
Poa trivialis (rough-stalked bluegrass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass) some
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass) some
Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail grass) some


Hackensack River Greenway and Pomander Walk Open Space, Teaneck Co., N.J. September 17, 2000.

On a cool day, a group of field participants investigated areas adjacent to the Hackensack River. By the river were Acer negundo and A. saccharinum, and in bloom were Amaranthus cannabinus, Aster subulatus, Pluchea odorata, and Spergularia marina. An especially interesting plants was Rumex verticillatus (swamp dock).

There was a large raised areas that was partly waste area and partly field. In bloom in this area were Amaranthus blitum, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Arctium minus, Artemisia vulgaris, Aster lanceolatus, A. novae-angliae, A. pilosus, Calystegia sepium, Chenopodium album, Cichorium intybus, Commelina communis, Daucus carota, Erigeron annuus and E. strigosus, Euphorbia maculata, Lotus corniculatus, Melilotus alba, Oenothera biennis, Oxalis dillenii and O. stricta, Phytolacca americana, Polygonum scandens, P. cespitosum, P. lapathifolium, and P. pensylvanicum, Potentilla argentea, Senecio vulgaris, Solanum nigrum, Solidago canadensis var. scabra and S. juncea, Taraxacum officinale, Trifolium pratense, and Verbena bracteata and V. urticifolia. In bloom in the wetter areas were Anagallis arvensis, Bidens frondosa, Impatiens capensis, Lycopus americanus, and Lythrum salicaria. Other flowers in bloom were Eupatorium rugosum and E. serotinum, Helianthus annuus, Humulus japonicus, and Lespedeza striata. Plants not in bloom included Menispermum canadense, Portulaca oleracea, and Xanthium strumarium.

Some of the plants in the back yards bordering the area were Dioscorea batatas, Hibiscus syriacus, Melissa officinalis, Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, Syringa vulgaris, and Viburnum opulus var. opulus. The woods on the east side of Pomander Walk included Aesculus sp. (pavia?), Fagus sylvatica, Juglans nigra, Pinus strobus, Philadelphus sp. (coronarius?), and Taxus baccata.

Total attendance was 18. The trip leader was DeeAnn Ipp. Thanks to Dr. William F. Standaert for help with plant identification.


JULY 13, 2003. HACKENSACK GREENWAY/POMANDER WALK. TORREY BOTANICAL SOCIETY.

On a warm, sunny day the group of botanists found a number of species new to the Pomander Walk plant list (* = plants found in bloom). The new trees were Acer platanoides (Norway maple), Albizia julibrissin (silk tree), Fraxinus americana (white ash), Koelreuteria paniculata (pride of India)*, Prunus sp.? (plum)?, Pyrus sp. (crab apple), and Pyrus calleryana (callery pear). There were two new shrubs, Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood) and Ligustrum sp. (privet), and two new vines, Cuscuta sp. (dodder) and Strophostyles helvola (trailing wild bean).

New herbaceous plants were Acalypha sp. (three-seeded mercury), Achillea millefolium (common yarrow), Allium vineale (field garlic)*, Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress), Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed)*, Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink)*, Geranium sp. (stork's bill), Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground), Hibiscus moscheutos (swamp rose mallow), Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)*, Samolus floribundus (water pimpernel), Silene alba (white campion)*, Sonchus asper (prickly sow thistle), and Thlaspi arvense (pennycress).

A new sedge was Scirpus pungens (common three-square bulrush) and new grasses included Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass), Elytrigia repens (quack grass), Holcus lanatus (velvet grass), Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass), Phleum pratense (timothy grass), and Poa trivialis (rough-stalked bluegrass).

The trip leader told us many tales of her trying fight to keep the Pomander Walk natural area natural.  It has not been an easy task, but many thanks to her for continuing the fight for a healthy plant area.  She showed us where they plant to put the Hackensack Greenway through the area.

Total attendance was 10. The attendees were: Patrick Cooney, Rosemary Santana Cooney, Naomi Dicker, Joe Labriola, Sarah-David Rosenbaum, Lore Schore, Michael St. John, Bill Standaert, Eleanor Standaert. The trip leader was Dee Ann Ipp.