Invasive SpeciesJapanese knotweed

Fallopia japonica
NOT FOUND by YellowSquirrels
2011-10-11
Gardiner
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by grms2011
Peer reviewed by greenbeans2011
Field Notes
FIELD NOTES DAY 1 WE hear the kids in our class running and talking about their object.Also we hear the singing of birds in the distance.We smelled the wet grass and leaves.IT SMELLS LIKE FALL! Some of the problems we ran into was we knew it was a species but we didn’t know if it was ours.We are surprised by what we found because in our area there are more than 1 types species.Also “because it was so easy to find a lot of different species” said one of our members of our team.Also the species we fond looked a lot like the species we where looking for. DAY 2 Today is the second day of our adventure.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves are ridged, but on the Knotweed, the leaves are smooth.
Photo of my evidence.
Not as tall as it said it was. Smaller than a 2 foot tree... But the Knotweed said it was almost 3 m tall.
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves are whorled, but the Knotweed's leaves are alternate.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Fallopia japonica
Common name:
Japanese knotweed
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (user-placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 44.218370 °
Longitude: 
W -69.803050 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Upland - Field
Trip Information
Name:
Gardiner Middle School
Trip date: 
Tue, 2011-10-11 09:01
Town or city: 
Gardiner
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Ecosystem: 
Upland
Watershed: 
Lower Kennebec
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
10 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Tree canopy cover: 
Soil moisture: 
Dry

Comments

I also LOVE that you are approaching this as an adventure... Makes me want to tag along!

Hi YellowSquirrels,

You all did a thorough job of collecting evidence - awesome! And I completely agree with your conclusion. Definitely not knotweed.

I'm glad you noticed that there were a lot of species around. Amazing what you see when you start looking, isn't it?