Invasive SpeciesBurning bush

Euonymus alatus
NOT FOUND by 71hp17
E. Waterboro
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by pparent
Peer reviewed by 71mr19
Field Notes
Close to the end of September my class went out and picked a plant to identify that was within 5m of our quadrat. We took pictures to help start out investigation. On Oct 19 2011 we went outside to get more pictures for the investigation. We are trying to identify a certain type of plant. It was fairly cold out but not enough to pierce the thick sweatshirts we were all wearing. Instead of taking up two paragraphs to describe to you exactly how cold it was and using the thesaurus to find a ton of different words to use so it doesn’t sound like I have a tiny vocabulary, I will just tell you the temperature. It was 16.5ºc or 61.7ºf. The humidity was 45%. and I know that might not sound as cold as I described earlier but we haven't had many cold days and were not used to the cold yet. Ok so back to the field notes. In previous years mr parents classes have gone outside and tries to identify all of the plants on our school campus. we are helping in this act by picking a plant and identifying it the plant I chose (as you will see in the evidence pictures) has all of these characteristics: there are raised opaque bumps, the veins are opaque, the leaf is oval, the margin is smooth, the stem is round, the leaf arrangement is opposite, the plant is fleshy NOT woody, one of the two is 19.5 cm tall, the other one is 12.5 cm tall, the leaf 1/2 cm wide, the leaf 1 cm long, it lives in saturated areas, it is green near the bottom and red near top, gradual changing coloration. Once we came back inside we save all of our pictures to our computers then stopped for the day. On the 20th we started our work with identifying it. I still have not identified my plant but we have a scientist who is also a student from UNE (she works with marine biology) coming in to help us identify our plants. We also have not answered if Japanese Beetles eat Purple Loosestrife? And we are working towards identifying mushrooms because this year was a VERY good growing season. P.S. I was actually trying to identify this plant but even with weeks of work I could not seem to get it. P.S.S. The reason the area and sampling method photo is very wet while in the photos of the plant the ground seems as if it were dry is because we went out twice and the second time it had rained a LOT in the recent past.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
As you can see here the plant turns from red to green in late spring, Earlier than most plants.
Photo of my evidence.
As you can see here this plant has leaves with small raised opaque bumps and vains. Also you can see that the leaf is oval and the leaf arrangment is opposite. One more thing is you can see that the margine of its leaves are smooth.
Photo of my evidence.
In this picture you can see that the stem is herbaceous. Also again you can see that the leaf arrangement is opposite. And there is no scale but the plant is about 12.5 cm tall, and the leaves are about .5 cm wide and about 1 cm long. Which is a lot smaller than the normal urning bush.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Euonymus alatus
Common name:
Burning bush
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.581508 °
W -70.703383 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Freshwater - On a wetland
Trip Information
Pond Area Biodiversity Study
Trip date: 
Tue, 2011-10-11 08:13
Town or city: 
E. Waterboro
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
25 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Paved road
Walking trail
Tree canopy cover: 
Open to 1/4 covered
Soil moisture: 
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