Native SpeciesWintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens
FOUND by LEA Teach
2016-09-27
Bridgton
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Field Notes
I predicted that I would find wintergreen based on my knowledge of the area and habitat. I have been to this trail before but have not studied this particular spot. It is about 60 degrees with mostly sunny skies. We had heavy rain early this morning and the ground is damp.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
Leaves are waxy, oval, smelled minty, and averaged between 2.5-5cm long. I measured several on different plants.
Photo of my evidence.
Leaves had small teeth with orange hair like spikes. The species data sheet said the leaves are smooth but my field guide said they have tiny teeth. This photo shows teeth. Should the information sheet be updated? Investigators may need a hand lens for this observation.
Photo of my evidence.
Stems were light green.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Gaultheria procumbens
Common name:
Wintergreen
Count of individuals: 
20-50
Coverage: 
Reproduction: 
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (user-placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 44.049620 °
Longitude: 
W -70.705521 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Upland - Forest
Trip Information
Name:
Lookout Trail
Trip date: 
Tue, 2016-09-27 14:30
Town or city: 
Bridgton
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Ecosystem: 
Upland
Watershed: 
Presumpscot
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
9 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Walking trail
Tree canopy cover: 
Between 1/2 and 3/4
Soil moisture: 
Moist

Comments

Great work! Glad that you measured several leaves on different plants before making your claim.