Native SpeciesNorthern bayberry

Myrica pensylvanica
FOUND by 51jd7
E. Waterboro
ID Questioned
Quality checked by 71tw23
Peer reviewed by pparent
Field Notes
Here at Massabesic Middle School we have a mission. Our mission is to identify all of the living things here on campus. This mission has been going on for about a year now. The plant I chose has a wood stem.The stem is hard to break. The leaf arrangement is whorled. The leaf type is Compound Palmate. The leaf shape of my plant is lance shaped, it has a smooth edge,the leaf is green.The leaf is 2.54cm wide, and its 6.89cm long. I noticed that my plant smells like tea. My plant was living in 31.75cm of water, my hypothesis about how it lives in this much water is that the soil sucks the water, and the soil gives the plant nutrients to live off of. The exact location of my plant is 43.5800838 longitude, and -70.702189101 latitude. I wonder how many species of my plant are there.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
I can tell that The Northern Bayberry is my plant because, cmtg found The Northern Bayberry, and the plant I found has a whorled arangement just like the plant cmtg found. I compared pictures.
Photo of my evidence.
My second peace of evidence to prove that this is a northern bayberry, is that the Northern Bayberry has a smooth edge, the plant I found has a smooth edge. The name of the leaf is Wax Myrtile
Photo of my evidence.
And my last peace of evidence to prove that the Northern Bayberry is my plant is, my leaf 6.89 cm long, and 2.54 cm wide.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Myrica pensylvanica
Common name:
Northern bayberry
Count of individuals: 
Between 1/4 and 1/2
Fruit (plants)
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.580084 °
W -70.702189 °
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: 
Evidence of vectors: 
Tree canopy cover: 
Soil moisture: 


I question this identification based on leaf shape.

Well done. You seem to be pretty sure you are right. You have good evidence, but as you know identifying a plant is really tough because there are so many plants that have similar characteristics. Your evidence 3 picture shows the leaf characteristics well. Good job using all senses, mentioning the tea smell. Who knows what characteristics will be important in the identification. If you don't have enough evidence this time, you might find new evidence that may help when we get out there in the Spring. Hope for a flower. It sure is a soggy place to grow.