Invasive Speciesbittersweet nightshade

Solanum dulcamara
FOUND by sherlockhomies
Cape Elizabeth
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Mr. Price
Peer reviewed by Saltysaltines
Field Notes
We found an abundance of bittersweet night shade, their flowers are in bloom and we get to see a healthy bush in this grassy school field. The soil that we found the species in was very dry, even though there was moist soil in surrounding areas. The species covered about 8 feet of land and it is still growing because, the next year the plant will grow in the area that the berries fall in. I see a cloudless sunny sky, rich grass and red berries, small purple flowers in full bloom, dark green leaves and green stem. The stem smells faintly sweet when broken. I hear crows cawing. The smell of fresh brisk fall air is filling my lungs. A lawn mower is chomping at the soft plush grass. I see a big soccer field and a fence lining the bittersweet nightshde bush. I see bees on the flowers trying to savor the pollin before they parish The bittersweet nightshade was surrounded by a lot of other plants and bushes, that look similar to eachother
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The research done previously on the bittersweet nightshade stated that the berries were ripe in September so the first thing we looked for was a fairly small, oval shaped, red berry. Once we found some berries that alined with that description, we checked to make sure there were from 10 to 20 berries per cluster and there was
Photo of my evidence.
Another reason we believe that the species of plant we found is a bittersweet nightshde, is the flower along with the berries. On the species ID card had various photos of the plants flower. The flower was almost double the size of the berries. There are five petals on each flower, in the center of the flower is a yellow nectary disk. The petals of the flower will curl back, some more than others.
Photo of my evidence.
I took note of how the size and placement on the stem of the leaves varied greatly. The dark green leaves are arrow-shaped and have small baby leaves at the end of them. The veins are very pronounced and run across the center and loop an estimate of four loops on each side.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Solanum dulcamara
Common name:
bittersweet nightshade
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.593234 °
W -70.231760 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Cape MS Grounds 2014 P.4
Trip date: 
Thu, 2014-10-09 10:50
Town or city: 
Cape Elizabeth
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


Hi sherlockhomies (love the name!),

I just wanted to say that you did an excellent job giving clear, convincing evidence and reasoning for ruling in bittersweet nightshade. It's clear that you carefully observed this organism before making your claim.

Thanks for the great photos, field notes, and evidence!

Cheers and happy observing,