Solanum dulcamaraFOUND by chem
Quality checked by gardenerguy
Peer reviewed by victorioussecret
At first when trying to find our plant we mistook it for another bush. After looking at the bush, we discovered the size and leaves were wrong. So, we then moved on to a different area around our school grounds. Attached to a fence we found our plant. To make sure we were right this time we checked the leaves and examined the stem/vine. Also the season we're in is October so we made sure the plant contained red/orange berries. After checking the plant with our notes, we confirmed we had found the right plant. Then we took pictures in the cool afternoon air, and measured the plant with the quadrat user placement method.
Our group believes we found our plant, bittersweet nightshade. One piece of evidence that led us to believe we found it was the oval shaped berries. The plant grows purple flowers in the spring, but during October, the month we're in while doing the research, the plant has shiny red/orange berries. These tiny rain drop shaped berries are dangerous to humans/pets, but can be spread around by the birds.
Another piece of evidence that we found were the leaves. During the spring, the leaves are green and healthy while the purple flowers bloom. When the fall and winter come the leaves turn a purple color so some are green and some are purple. Also the leaves are arrow shaped that contains an earlobe-like base. Finally, all of the stems have multiple leaves attached.
Our final piece of evidence was the stem/vine. The stem wrapped itself around the black wired fence and allowed the plant to be flexible. The bottom of the plant looks like a piece of wood, but the upper part moves easily and very flexible. One last piece of evidence is that when the stems break off and are crushed, the smell is horrible.
N 43.595084 °
W -70.230880 °
CEMS School Grounds 2012
Mon, 2012-10-15 08:34
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