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The day is overcast and warm with a strong breeze. As we strolled along the perimeter of the fenced in area, we came across piles and piles of plants with red and yellow berries. This was Oriental Bittersweet, an invasive species which was clearly spreading quickly across the area. It was spread out over 14 meters. There were much more berries than leaves. The leaves were rigid on the edges, smooth and curved. The leaves also had lots of brown spots on them, as if they were dying. When we attempted to place our one meter square over a bunch of the plants, it wouldn’t fit. Therefore, the bunch was more than one square meter. This plant was apparently becoming a problem with its invasion.
These berries helped us to prove that this plant was in fact Oriental Bittersweet. The berries were very colorful and pretty. It appeared as if the red berries had 'hatched' out of the yellow shells.
The berries on this plant far outnumbered the leaves, but this vine purely consisted of leaves. The ends of the leaves were jagged, but the top part was very smooth. We found it interesting that the berries and leaves grew on separate vines.
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CEMS School Grounds 2012
Mon, 2012-10-15 08:34
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