Invasive SpeciesMorrow's honeysuckle

Lonicera morrowii
FOUND by abtlockhart
2011-08-02
Topsham
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by abtlockhart
Peer reviewed by abtlockhart
Field Notes
Students found the species along the side of trail just into the woods while walking to another site where I had seen the plant several weeks earlier. One of the youngest students accurately identified the red berries of Morrow's honeysuckle. We took a few minutes to discuss a few of the characteristics of the plant, including the color of the leaves, which there was some debate over. The species ID card described the leaves as blue-green, and we were only able to come to a concensus when we compared the leaf to that of another plant nearby, whose leaves looked yellower in comparison. The students and I both learned about the difference between toothed and smooth-edged leaves, identifying whether leaves are opposite or alternate on the stem, and that these leaves are hairy on the bottom. We also discovered that the species does have pairs of red-orange berries - again, the color was up for debate, but not the pairings. The deciding factor that we had discovered the Morrow's honeysuckle and not the native Maine honeysuckle was when we cut a stem open and discovered it was hollow. The students were very proud of their discovery!
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
I think I found Lonicera morrowii because the leaves are blue-green and opposite on the stem.
Photo of my evidence.
I think I found Lonicera morrowii because it has red-orange berries grow in pairs (they have buddies!)
Photo of my evidence.
I think I found Lonicera morrowii because its stems are hollow.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Lonicera morrowii
Common name:
Morrow's honeysuckle
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 43.985128 °
Longitude: 
W -69.959728 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Upland - Forest
Trip Information
Name:
Riverview Foundation Topsham Campus
Trip date: 
Tue, 2011-08-02 11:15
Town or city: 
Topsham
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Ecosystem: 
Upland
Watershed: 
Lower Androscoggin

Comments

Great observations. Clear documentation, and it would be nice to know the color of the woody bark of the plant.

This was a very interesting posting - I liked following the progress of the students' and teacher's discovery. The comparison with other plants' leaves to come to agreement on the color was helpful. The photographs were excellent helps in learning to identify this honeysuckle from this blog. I think I could spot it, myself, now, especially with the comments about the undersides of the leaves.

Blog was clear, complete, detailed and had great pictures.

Great job! Comments from Tsuga belgradensis