Invasive SpeciesMorrow's honeysuckle

Lonicera morrowii
NOT FOUND by 6DB5
2010-09-23
East Waterboro
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by pparent
Peer reviewed by 6SJ12
Field Notes
Day 1: The air is frigid and numbing, chilling me to the core. The grass and trees are covered in a thin coating of sparkling frost. It seems to be more like early winter instead of mid-fall. My plant seems to be browning slightly, slowly dying with the coming of winter and proving itself as an annual. As an annual it will most likely produce seeds earlier on so the species can survive but the plant itself will die due to lack of water and the cold. It is early morning and our class has come out for the first time to take pictures of our plant. Day 2: The day for pursuing this project...let's just say...was not today. The temperature is still absurdly cold and the dark sky is sprinkling little rain droplets EVERYWHERE. Everything is covered in a fine sheen of water. Our quadrat is nothing but a small sea of rainwater, my plant protruding out of it in a small island. We have unwittingly come out to take more pictures, which was not such a great idea as the camera was continuously flogged with water. The trip was slightly unsuccessful. Day 3: It is as if the entire world is ice. Our study site, previously a pool of rainwater, is now a miniature ice pond, slippery and thick. The air is colder and even more chilling than before. My plant is fully dead, nothing but a shriveled brown stem. We were more interested in skating on the ice rather than the actual taking of the pictures.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves of my plant are placed in an alternate fashion on the stem of my plant whereas the leaves of the Morrow's Honeysuckle are aligned oppositely.
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves of our plant have toothed edges with a waxy look about them, whereas the leaves of the Morrow's Honeysuckle are smooth-edged and have fuzzy hairs situated on the bottom of each leaf.
Photo of my evidence.
The buds of my plant are small and green, many of them scattered among the upper stem of the plant. The flowers of the Morrow's Honeysuckle are tubular and white in the early summer. In the late summer the Morrow's Honeysuckle blooms fiery red-orange berries, whereas my plant does not.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Lonicera morrowii
Common name:
Morrow's honeysuckle
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (randomized- placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 43.581580 °
Longitude: 
W -70.700870 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Name:
Massabesic Middle School Campus
Trip date: 
Thu, 2010-09-23 08:58
Town or city: 
East Waterboro
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Ecosystem: 
Upland
Watershed: 
Saco
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
11 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
People
Other
Tree canopy cover: 
3/4 - Completely covered
Soil moisture: 

Comments

I wonder if this is a place that is normally flooded or very wet in the spring...and maybe that is why your plant lives there??

Our science class visited our quadrates just recently, and our group came to find that our plants were completely...and I mean COMPLETELY...submerged by water. The weather was sweltering hot at 8:00 in the morning. We were forced to change into sweatshirts and jeans for tick precautions, and it was unbearably hot. I guess that the heat has not driven away the water, however, as my sneakers became completely soaked as I struggled to find my plant in the mess of mud and water. My struggles were unsuccessful, and thus I have no idea what my plant looks like in the spring. Sorry, guys.

I loved reading your field notes! You have a great way of pulling the reader into your story. I feel like I was there! And I agree with the previous comment...your field sketch rocks!!

Lovely job!

Thank you so much for your support, ns2me! I'm glad that you like it!

I'm going to put your observation on our Top Ten Observations page (http://vitalsignsme.org/top-ten-observations) next time I update it!

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Here's my evidence:
1. This observations shows an incredible eye for detail
2. The field note and evidence statements are beautifully written and show careful scientific observation and reasoning
3. That field sketch rocks!

Thank you so much for placing me on your Top Ten Observations page! I have a great interest in writing in drawing, so I am extremely pleased that you enjoy it! I am really quite honored!