Sidney Road, Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, NJ


New Jersey Turnpike south; Exit 10 for US 287 north; take Exit 7 and turn left onto South Randolphville Road (which becomes Behmer Road); turn left onto Sidney Road and drive 0.15 of a mile. The park entrance is on the right.

5/02/00.  The various parks that the maps show surrounding Ambrose Brook are not readily accessible. The perimeters are surrounded by businesses, schools, and residential areas.  The plant list is compiled from brief stops in the area of Ambrose Doty's Brook and Lake Nelson Memorial Park.

04/04/2005.  Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I took another attempt at finding accessibility to the park. I reiterate the problem of accessibility noted in 2000.  But we did find the park entrance (but this is primarily a recreational field with soccer fields and a bike route along open lawn).

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

dates = plants found in bloom on dates of the field trips, 5/02/2000 and 04/04/2005. 

Acer negundo (boxelder maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple) 04/04/2005
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Celtis occidentalis (hackberry)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus malus (apple) 5/02/00
Quercus palustris (pin oak) 5/02/00
Salix sp. (willow)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive) 5/02/00
Lonicera sp. (honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/02/00
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 5/02/00
Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd's purse) 5/02/00
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty) 5/02/00
Coronilla varia? (crown vetch?)
Euphorbia esula (leafy spurge) 5/02/00
Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry) 5/02/00
Geum canadense (white avens)
Glechoma hederacea (gill over the ground) 5/02/00
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Impatiens capensis (jewelweed)
Mertensia virginica (bluebells) 5/02/00
Myosotis sp. (forget-me-not) 5/02/00
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Potentilla recta (rough fruited cinquefoil)
Ranunculus bulbosus (bulbous buttercup) 5/02/00
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Senecio vulgaris (common groundsel) 5/02/00
Silene alba (white campion) 5/02/00
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 5/02/00

Poa bulbosa (bulbous bluegrass) 5/02/00