Native SpeciesMilkweed

Asclepias syriaca
FOUND by BlueRaspberries
2018-11-09
Freeport
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Field Notes
On November 9th, 2018, the period 5 science class of Freeport Middle School went outside by the pond to witness and recognize the species, Asclepias Syriaca also known as Common Milkweed. The sky was dense and the temperature was 47ºF. In particular, we were behind the pond. We could smell decomposing leaves since it was fall. We could also smell the moisture in the air. The air was fresh and crisp. We could hear cars from the nearby highway. Some things that surprised us during our examination was that the milkweed stems were black but then we concluded it was because it was fall and winter was coming. We were also astonished that the milkweed still had pods because it was so late in the season. A predicament we ran into was that there was a breeze and even though it was a somewhat small, the seeds kept flying away making it hard to collect specimens. But we are also pleased because we found the milkweed easily and quickly and we gathered lots of data. When we got to the milkweed we put down the quadrat over our area. We began taking photos and conducting observations right away. We proceeded this way for the rest of our class until we went back indoors.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The pods that were attached to the milkweed were long, pointed, and had a rough velvet texture. The pods were a pale green, gray and a brown color. We were surprised to still see pods attached to the milkweed so late in the year.
Photo of my evidence.
When observing the milkweed, we noticed that the stem had split open in the middle section. When we looked closer, we could see that the stem was hollow on the inside. Milkweed has one long hollow stem and the stem we found matches its description perfectly.
Photo of my evidence.
Inside the pods, we found clusters of what we thought were seeds. The milkweeds seeds are white seemingly airless strands connected to brown seeds. The white part of the seed is used to spread the seeds to repopulate. This is exactly what we found in our pods giving us more evidence to prove we found the common milkweed.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Asclepias syriaca
Common name:
Milkweed
Count of individuals: 
1-10
Coverage: 
Reproduction: 
Fruit (plants)
Vegetative structures (plants)
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (user-placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 43.864875 °
Longitude: 
W -70.105944 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Name:
Freeport Middle School
Trip date: 
Fri, 2018-11-09 07:09
Town or city: 
Freeport
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Ecosystem: 
Upland
Watershed: 
Presumpscot
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
8 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Paved road
Walking trail
People
Tree canopy cover: 
Soil moisture: 
Moist
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