Invasive SpeciesGlossy buckthorn

Frangula alnus
FOUND by Pink Dolphins
South Portland
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Mr.G
Peer reviewed by Mr. G
Field Notes
The Temperature was 44° f It was cold, muddy and wet on the school trail. Chloe and I went on the search for the glossy buckthorn also know as the Frangula alnus. Chloe found a plant that is 3 cm long. The leaves are alternate and it has lots of berries on the branches. We knew that we found something. We started to look for more evidence. I found out that the plant looked like a shrub that grows up to 9 m tall and the branches at a nearly horizontal angle. The bark is grayish brownish and with raised white pores. The glossy buckthorn has dark green leaves. We saw different types of insects living in the plant. Some problems we ran into was seeing that the plant was dead.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
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The leaves of the glossy buckthorn each measure 3 to 6 cm
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There are different color berries such as red and black
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The leaves are alternate
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Frangula alnus
Common name:
Glossy buckthorn
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (randomized- placement)
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Place Studied
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N 43.625820 °
W -70.302850 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Memorial Trail
Trip date: 
Fri, 2014-10-31 09:15
Town or city: 
South Portland
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


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