Rhamnus catharticaFOUND by Invasive Explorers
Quality checked by Mrs. Gurnee
Peer reviewed by The Chipmunks
The weather was a chilly 45 degrees and partly cloudy mostly sunny. The date was 9/20/14. It was windy outside and the air smelled like gas and fresh air. When we were outside I heard cars passing and leaves cracking also I heard a little howling in the wind. I saw a chain link fence, a parking lot, a road, Mahoney middle school, trout brook, and oak trees. We were on the other side of the chain link fence, on a steep hill leading down to a brook. The time was 10:00 am. We did not see any squirrels or chipmunks, that surprised me a lot. We also had a hard time taking pictures because of the sun.
The bark is a dark gray-brown and has small bumps going up the sides. There is also small horizontal slits going up the length of the bark. This distinguishes it from Smooth Buckthorn because Smooth Buckthorn small white splotches going up the length of the bark and small white bumps.
Common Buckthorn's leaves have a jagged toothed edge and a very noticeable veins. The leaves are normally 3 to 15 centimeters long, and in our case are normally up to 6 centimeters. They are normally opposite. However the glossy buckthorn has wavy edges with smooth edges. The leaves are 3 to 6 centimeters, and are usually alternate. The leaves are also hairy underneath.
N 43.634474 °
W -70.250616 °
Mill Creek Trout Brook
Tue, 2014-10-21 12:10
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