Invasive SpeciesOriental bittersweet

Celastrus orbiculatus
FOUND by MuffinMen
2018-11-09
Freeport
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Field Notes
It was a mildly cold and windy day. There was no sign of the sun, just clouds. The temperatures both days were below 50º fahrenheit. We were next to a pond observing what we thought was Oriental Bittersweet. We searched at Freeport Middle School for two days trying to find the Oriental Bittersweet. We had make sure that it was the right species by comparing what we found to an ID card. We observed a possibility inside of a 1 square meter area and found two plants that were connected and looked like bittersweet plants. We got out the ID card and compared berry length, color, seasonal changes and other descriptives and quantitative qualities. We came to the conclusion that it was oriental bittersweet because it had an orange/yellow shell of leaves, bright red berries, half a centimeter width, and vines that wrapped around nearby tree branches. All things that our ID card said to look for, and described.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
There are red fruits that are surrounded by small, cupped, yellow leaves. Those leaves make up the shell of these fruits.
Photo of my evidence.
The Oriental Bittersweet's thin, smooth and green vines are wrapping around a small tree. it looks like the vines are completely surrounding everything near it.
Photo of my evidence.
Leaves are very small. And have a smooth texture. The leaves are there from when the fruit first started growing.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Celastrus orbiculatus
Common name:
Oriental bittersweet
Count of individuals: 
1-10
Coverage: 
Reproduction: 
Fruit (plants)
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (user-placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 43.864718 °
Longitude: 
W -70.105631 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Name:
Freeport Middle School Pond
Trip date: 
Fri, 2018-11-09 19:14
Town or city: 
Freeport
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Ecosystem: 
Upland
Watershed: 
Presumpscot
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
8 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Walking trail
Tree canopy cover: 
Soil moisture: 
Moist
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