Invasive Speciesbittersweet nightshade

Solanum dulcamara
FOUND by sniffly salamander
2012-10-17
Portland
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Sniffly
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Field Notes
The sun has set. It's starting to get chilly. I'm excited to try collecting and publishing from the iPad. Because the light is fading and the breeze is blowing the plants, it was hard to focus. It was also weird figuring out where the camera focused. All the photos are uploading upside down from the iPad. Hm.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The lower stem was woody.
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves had those funny lobes.
Photo of my evidence.
There were just a few fruits left.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Solanum dulcamara
Common name:
bittersweet nightshade
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 43.666482 °
Longitude: 
W -70.283489 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Name:
The neighborhood
Trip date: 
Wed, 2012-10-17 18:06
Town or city: 
Portland
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Ecosystem: 
Upland
Watershed: 
Presumpscot

Comments

really good and thorough information! you had a lot of pictures that were good quality too! one of the best i've seen!

The berries are very toxic to us humans and pets. It has caused a lot of poisoning and deaths. Although, it has a very strong unpleasant smell that keeps things away from it a lot of the time.

It has solanine in it, which is also found in green tomatoes, and not very deadly. It also has a glycoside called dulcamarine, which is a bad toxin found also in deadly nightshade, so it is very poisonous.

I hope this helps with your questions!

Chem :)

That's awesome info. Thanks for sharing it. Was it fun to research? Sounds like you know your chemistry, Chem :)

By the way, you guys rock!

~sniffly

It was a great time to research this invasive species. We had a blast! It is great to know that people think we are educated. Thanks for reading!

Chem :)

FYI - if you have an iPad and decide to use it to do some Vital Signs, keep the button by your right thumb and the camera in the upper left. Otherwise your photos will be upside down, too :)

Have an awesome weekend!

~snifffly

Good tip! thanks.

I think maybe it would be nice if you had a little more information for the evidence, but other than that it was great. I really learned a lot about this plant and now think I have seen it before. Your pictures are nice and clear, and easy to tell what they're supposed to be.

Salutations,
We are so excited to see someone else who has chosen the same plant we researched on! I love your pictures and sketches, as well as your field notes and specific data. Comment on ours if you're excited about this too! We just LOVE science and nature! Especially plants :)