Berberis thunbergiiFOUND by Cold Fish 2
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Date- 9/20/12 My group and I found it very easy to locate our invasive species. However we did not expect it to grow with in rocks and near a road. Nor did we expect it to grow in very close proximity to our native species (in the quadrat). We were having lots of fun recording our data but we did run into some problems along the way. One of which is we found it very difficult to get a high quality picture of the berries on the Japanese Barberry, which in the pictures would be hard to identify. We used our seeing sense to pick up on the oval shaped leaves and the bright vibrant red berries. We were inclined to use our sense of touch for the thrones but it is possible. Lastly we noticed that there was a road right outside of where we placed our quadrat. Our mission is to find out if there are non-native species in Falmouth that are affecting the biodiversity of our eco system. We think yes because we found an invasive species living in falmouth (Japanese Barberry), and it is effecting the biodiversity because it was found in the same area as our native species therefore invading its ecosystem.
My group and I are positive that we found the Japanese Barberry, this is because one of the characteristics of the Japanese Barberry is that it has smooth oval shaped leaves growing off its stem. The plant we found also had smooth oval shaped leaves. We know we did not mistake this for the American Barberry because one the characteristics of that include pointy, serrated leaves, the opposite of what we found.
My group and I are positive that we found the Japanese Barberry, this is because one of the characteristics of the Japanese Barberry is that it has small red berries growing off of the stem in groups of one. The plant we found had those characteristics too. We know we did not mistake this for the American Barberry because one the characteristics of that include having berries growing in clumps of multiple berries, unlike the plant we found.
My group and I are positive that we found the Japanese Barberry, this is because one of the characteristics of the Japanese Barberry is that it has long thin thorns growing in one per joint of the plant. We found a plant that matched those guidelines. We know we did not mistake finding the Japanese Barberry to the American Barberry because the American grows in clusters of three per joint unlike the plant we found.
N 43.736860 °
W -70.275500 °
Forest Edge and Stream
Thu, 2012-09-20 14:17
Town or city:
Type of investigation:
Species and Habitat Survey
4 different species
Evidence of vectors:
Tree canopy cover:
Between 1/2 and 3/4