Flora and Fauna of the Upper Ottawa Valley

A Checklist of the

Vascular Plants of the Upper Ottawa Valley

This page provides a checklist of the vascular plants of the upper Ottawa Valley. This area includes Eastern Algonquin Provincial Park, Northern Renfrew County and adjacent areas in Pontiac County in the Province of Quebec. This check list is applicable on the Canadian Shield. It is less applicable south of Petawawa where marine clays and limestone begin to affect the local environment.

See caveats below for a discussion of the reliability of this list.

This list is provided solely as a convenience for exploring the local area. While I believe that it contains most plants found locally and excludes most not found locally, this list should not be relied upon for serious study. This list was constructed for my own convenience by melding data from other sources and some personal observation. The entries in this list cannot be directly linked to specific observations or herbarium specimens.

Sources with "better credentials" (but perhaps less accessible or less specific) include:

  1. Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Algonquin Provincial Park, Algonquin Park Technical Bulletin No. 4. Published by The Friends of Algonquin Park, P.O. Box 248, Whitney, Ontario. K0J 2M0
  2. Mary I Moore, Vascular Plants of the Middle Ottawa Valley and Northeastern Algonquin Park, March 1972. Petawawa Forest Experiment Station, Chalk River, Ontario, Information Report PS-X-34.
  3. Chambers et al., Forest Plants of Central Ontario, 1996, Lone Pine Publishing and Queen's Printer for Ontario.
  4. Newmaster et al., Wetland Plants of Ontario, 1997, Lone Pine Publishing and Queen's Printer for Ontario.
  5. Dickinson et al., The ROM Field Guide To Wildflowers of Ontario, 2004, Royal Ontario Museum and McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  6. Natural Heritage Information Centre

The use of "scientific names" (as opposed to "common names") is supposed to relieve the confusion of specifying plant species. But even the use of scientific names can still be confusing as nomenclature changes. To sort out conflicting scientific names consult the Integrated Taxonomic Information System. The Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility offers similar data, but is less explicit in identifying which scientific name is the currently accepted one.