Phragmites australisFOUND by C ZEM i
Quality checked by ZEM n
Peer reviewed by Ms.H
We discovered our invasive species is so invasive that nothing else can grow there. We were surprised not to find our native species, the common cattail with the giant reed. Near our invasive species we discovered that less than a fourth of our study site is covered in trees. The soil was saturated, and there were two different species in our quadrat. We also saw a paved road, walking trail, people, a recent disturbance, construction, and stones. In our quadrat there were ten to twenty giant reeds, this plant is reproducing with flowers. With our invasive species we saw the forest behind it and the road in front of it. We heard the wind and the rustling of leaves. We inhaled the fresh Autumn air.
Once we made sure the plant had a hollow stem we made sure that the leaves were sword shaped. We also made sure they were at least two to five centimeters wide and up to a half of a meter long with smooth edges.
After we identified the hollow stem and sword shaped leaves we identified that the flowers matched the identification card. They were feathery bunches that were started to change from purple to gold just because the season was changing from summer to fall. This matched the description on our identification card.
N 43.737160 °
W -70.276010 °
Falmouth Middle School Yard
Mon, 2014-09-22 08:36
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