Native Plants of Sligo

Black Gum Tree

Black Gum tree branch

Native Plants of the Sligo Creek Watershed

This compilation of the native plants of the Sligo Creek Watershed is the most current and comprehensive inventory of flora of our watershed. It contains a total of 372 species: 95 woody plants; 15 ferns; and among herbaceous plants, 75 monocots and 187 dicots.

In each compilation, field observation and judgment were used to establish the rankings in the ‘occurrence’ column and the location description in the ‘habitat’ column. The comments in the ‘remarks’ column provide key descriptive features to aid in plant identification. The botanical sequence and nomenclature follows Russell G. Brown and Melvin L. Brown, Woody Plants of Maryland, 1972, Port City Press, Baltimore, MD.

“It is our sincere wish that this flora inventory helps to increase people’s awareness and appreciation of the native plants and habitats of the Sligo Watershed, leading to their conservation and restoration.” — John Parrish and RG Steinman, May 2003

John Parrish is a botanist/ecologist, specializing in botanical research and environmental education. He is the Vice President of the Maryland Native Plant society and a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. His compilation of the woody plants of Montgomery County was published in the botanical journal Marilandica. RG Steinman assisted John in the field work and compilation of the Sligo Creek Watershed Flora. John and RG work on behalf of the natural environment and speak out for the protection of our last remaining natural areas. Both reside in the Sligo Creek Watershed.

See also: the Salisbury List (the First Sligo Plant Inventory) 1970-71