Frangula alnusFOUND by French Toast
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Peer reviewed by Julia,Joseph, and Cierra
Yesterday it was fairly cold - it was about 41-40 degrees Fahrenheit, including windchill. We were next to Mahoney Middle where there is a steep incline leading into a small stream (I assume erosion caused this). There were a lot of dead leaves, as winter is on its way. It smelled of freshwater, dead leaves, and rotting apples. What we heard were yells of excitement, running water, birds, and leaves crunching. A few of the things we saw are a lot of native and invasive species. One of our challenges were staying warm in this somewhat cold weather.
We believe it is the Smooth Buckthorn, because of the color of the berries (black to dark blue) and the size of the berries are usually about 1 centimeter compared to the Hollyleaf Redberry (another species in the buckthorn family) which have red berries, and are usually smaller than the Smooth Buckthorn. Lastly the Hollowleaf Redberry's stems have a thicker layer of bark unlike the Smooth Buckthorn which has a more thin layer of bark. So we can assume that this is not the Hollowleaf Redberry.
The leaves are green and wavy, and short (3 to 6 cm long) and skinny. They are an oval shape and are alternate. They also have a bit of hair under them. The color is a dark green, like a lime color.
N 43.634339 °
W -70.250406 °
Mill Creek Trout Brook
Tue, 2014-10-21 12:10
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