Native SpeciesAmerican larch

Larix laricina
ID Questioned
Quality checked by AHHYUPPP82
Peer reviewed by CCC82
Field Notes
I was happy to get out of the school building and do something that was more interactive. It was a little disappointing to not find what we were looking for. We saw various trees and plants. We hear the chatter of birds in the woods and the wind blowing the leaves. There wasn't any smells that stood out but a slight scent of pine. We don't believe we found the American Larch and it was kind of hard finding the latitude and longitude of the location of where we were.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The needles were not the right size of the American Larch and the needles were not in tufts like the normal American Larch.
Photo of my evidence.
The tree was not tall enough or had the right formed branches to be the American Larch. It was too short and had needles all along the branches instead of just in tufts along the branches.
Photo of my evidence.
The bark was scaly similar to the American Larch's bark but it didn't have the right coloration. It was more of a brownish gray instead of a reddish color.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Larix laricina
Common name:
American larch
Sampling method: 
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.121153 °
W -69.308877 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Forest
Trip Information
Medomak Middle School Compost Trail to Snake Trial
Trip date: 
Mon, 2017-10-23 12:12
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Medomak River Watershed


You made some great observations, but I questioned your identification that this is not an American Larch. Due to the size and the arrangement of the needles it's possible that this sapling is an American Larch. To conclusively determine the species of this particular tree you could go back out and further investigate the needles, or return to this site next year to see what the tree looks like when it is more mature.

I agree with HeronThere that it looks like you've found a sapling. It is a bit more difficult to identify a sapling species, so I'm going to check with some other experts and get back to you.

Nice work, AHYES82.

Your sketch is really stellar. It looks like you may have a little sapling there. I'll be curious to hear what the species expert thinks.