Invasive SpeciesMorrow's honeysuckle

Lonicera morrowii
FOUND by 2017ejl
2017-09-14
Falmouth
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Miles S
Peer reviewed by Eli Wilson
Field Notes
It was a hot and humid day looking for invasive species on the edge of a developed area and a woodland. The developed area was a children’s playground, and the woodland was a small area between the playground and a parking lot. The ground was wet from rain the night before, and there were many signs of human interaction with the area, as there was trash littered around the ground and trampled bushes. The sampling protocol was transect, as each group was given a 4 meter by 4 meter plot to look for Morrow’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii), Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus) and Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus). Our group found Morrow’s Honeysuckle as a small plant only coming about 1 meter from the ground and 2/4 coverage, and it did not appear to be affecting its environment at all. In fact, it appeared that in the environment, more plants were affecting it, than the honeysuckle affecting them.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
Morrow's Honeysuckle has green leaves, that are opposite, simple, oval and smooth, that are 4-6 cm. long. The leaves also have a soft texture, instead of a shiny and smooth texture. The plant that we found had 5-6 cm. leaves that also followed all other feature requirements. This made it easily distinguishable from other plants that had similar features that were native.
Photo of my evidence.
Morrows Honeysuckle's stems are branched and arching, with a hollow center. Our plant had a brownish-tan color, that was hollow and was about 1-2 mm. in diameter. The hollow stem tells it apart from native species of honeysuckle in Maine, helping us distinguish it further.
Photo of my evidence.
The specimen of Morrow's Honeysuckle that we found was about a meter tall, with 15-20 branches. There was only one plant in the area, which made it hard to find, because they are usually found in large bunches of multiple specimens.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Lonicera morrowii
Common name:
Morrow's honeysuckle
Count of individuals: 
10-20
Coverage: 
Reproduction: 
Sampling method: 
Transect
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 43.738430 °
Longitude: 
W -70.275230 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Upland - Forest
Trip Information
Name:
Falmouth playground back woods 2017
Trip date: 
Thu, 2017-09-14 07:35
Town or city: 
Falmouth
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Ecosystem: 
Upland
Watershed: 
Presumpscot
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
23 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Walking trail
Recent disturbance
Tree canopy cover: 
Between 1/2 and 3/4
Soil moisture: 
Saturated

Comments

After doing some research, I found that these plants scientific name is Lonicera Morrowii, they can be found on places like Indiana, Wisconsin, New York and mostly all through New England and the mid west. They originate from Asia, Japan, and Korea. So I think you made an amazing find with this invasive plant. Thank you for posting this as I think that people should be aware of invasive species more than native, as it can provide more inside the invasive species witch is destroying some of our wildlife.