Invasive SpeciesGiant reed

Phragmites australis
NOT FOUND by 18ct
2018-09-13
Falmouth
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Ms. H
Peer reviewed by Patrick
Field Notes
Field Notes Caroline Tracy, C block Our area, between flags 8 and 9, was the border between a forest and a developed road. There were two main parts to it: the edge of the forest, and near the edge of the road. Near the edge of the road, there were a lot of dead leaves and pine needles covering the ground. On top of them, there were large gray rocks that covered a lot of the leaves and needles up. These rocks also made it hard for plants to grow. After some research in our area, my partner and I found that mainly invasive species grew near the edge of the road. These invasive species were near the edge of the road (and on the rocks): glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus) and woody nightshade (Solanum dulcamara). The woody nightshade was fairly small, but the glossy buckthorn was huge and took up a big portion of the area. There were barely any native species near the road (on the rocks). I think that this is because after the forest had been cleared because of the road, and after the rocks were placed, there were no species at all near the road. But the invasive species saw an opportunity to grow there, and quickly took over. On the other hand, on the edge of the forest, there were many native species. The edge of the forest was green, teeming with plants, and had soft soil. Many of the species we researched on the edge of the forest were native. These native species at the edge of the forest were: sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina) and orange jewelweed (Impatiens capensis). The sweet fern was huge and thriving close to the forest. However, one of the orange jewelweed plants was small and dying, while another one was well sized. We collected data in a transect area, and visually located the plants. We wrote down evidence, took pictures with our camera, used a ruler to measure plants, and used data from the information cards (from your website) to help identify the key features. I think that our area (near the road and the edge of the forest) is pretty healthy on the edge of the forest, but I think there are too many invasive species near the road for our entire area to be called healthy.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves on this plant aren't the leaves of the giant reed because these leaves are 1 centimeter wide. They're not 2 to 5 centimeters wide like they usually are on giant reeds.
Photo of my evidence.
Similarly, the leaves on this plant aren't the leaves of the giant reed because these leaves are 8.5 centimeters long. These leaves are not 50 centimeters (or 0.5 meters) wide like they usually are on giant reeds.
Photo of my evidence.
The stems on this plant are red and pink-ish, unlike the light green stems on the giant reed. In addition, there are fine white hairs on the stem of this plant, unlike the smooth, hairless stems of the giant reed.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Phragmites australis
Common name:
Giant reed
Sampling method: 
Transect
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 43.736660 °
Longitude: 
W -70.275460 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Name:
2018 School Site Forest Edge
Trip date: 
Thu, 2018-09-13 07:26
Town or city: 
Falmouth
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Ecosystem: 
Upland
Watershed: 
Presumpscot
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