Invasive SpeciesPurple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria
NOT FOUND by ThePeople
East Waterboro
ID Confirmed
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Field Notes
When we went outside we immediately went to the entrance of our quadrat, I thought to myself that It's kind of like a secret base because it's in the woods. We were so shocked when we saw something that looked excactly like Purple Loosetrife! We immediately got to work trying to identify and take a boatload of pictures. However, we found out that it wasn't Purple Loosetrife because it had whorled leafs and the leafs were toothed. So that really did crush my hopes of making a big discovery in our own little quadrat.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
On Loosetrife, the stem is pointy and square, this plant is fuzzy and circular.
Photo of my evidence.
On Loosestrife, the leafs are blade shaped and toothed, this plant does have blade shaped leafs, but the leafs are smooth.
Photo of my evidence.
On Loosetrife, the leafs are opposite, this plant has whorled leafs.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Lythrum salicaria
Common name:
Purple loosestrife
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (user-placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.575200 °
W -70.705300 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
East Waterboro Pond Edge
Trip date: 
Tue, 2010-08-24 10:02
Town or city: 
East Waterboro
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
MIDAS Code: 


I like the close-up pictures, but I thought you could have had a little more information describing the pictures.

Your field note is great. It was like a book that you don't want to put down. Your crushing ending was tough to take - but it's actually a happy ending because no one really wants an invasive species to take over their secret base in the woods. I'll be first in line to read your first novel!

Thank you so much for your comment. We appreciate it. We will be sure for you to be the first person in line to read our book:)

- The People