Comptonia peregrinaFOUND by Glaceau 2
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Peer reviewed by Chris and Jacob
The habitat in which we studied and looked for the Sweet Fern plant was in a rocky, ditch-like area that borders a forested habitat. We noticed that the Sweet Fern smells very similar to a pine tree or other fern-like plants although this plant is not classified as a fern. We can also hear the sounds of car motors because we are in a developed that is very close to a road. We were surprised that we found both native, Sweet Fern, and nonnative, Japanese Barberry, plants in the same quadrat. A problem we ran into with finding evidence for identifying the Sweet Fern and Japanese Barberry plants was that we didn't find any densely grown plants that formed shrubs but the plants generally grown together.
The leaves are in between 5-12 cm, ours is approximately 7 cm, and are alternating in pattern. The shape of the leaves are simple with the edges of the leaves are lobated, meaning that they have spots that are concave and then are convex.
The Sweet Fern is a shrub plant so it grows densely or together and stands about 1 and a half meters tall. This plant grows in a spot were sunlight is excessive and in sandy soil.
N 43.736950 °
W -70.275450 °
Upland Edge of Stream and Road
Fri, 2011-09-16 08:00
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