We've had a semester-long project that required us to collect 15-20 plant species, press them, and document them. This project is due this coming week, and since most of my posts are related to wildlife, I thought I'd share my collection. I DO enjoy all parts of nature :) not just the cute furry kinds. Before I share what I collected, I would like to mention the field guides we've been using. They are pretty basic, and very user-friendly.
The four that were required for the course were:
Two other books I used, and are part of my personal collection were:
Ok, so on to the plants! In September I went home to my parents house to collect my specimens. I collected the plants and bagged them with a number, and then field ID'd them with my Dad. Then I got home and properly (well, kinda...) keyed the rest of the plants out. I'm still struggling with a couple, as you'll see.
My specimens, plant press, and field guides.
Panicle leafed dogwood - Cornus racemosa
Redbud - Cercis canadensis
Riverbank grape - Vitis riparia
Bittersweet nightshade - Solanum dulcamara
Virginia creeper - Parthenocissus quinquefolia
New England aster - Aster novae-angliae
Goldenrod species - unidentified yet
American elm - Ulmus americana
American basswood - Tilia americana
Staghorn sumac - Rhus typhina
Periwinkle - Vinca minor
Fern species - unidentified
Colt's foot - Tussilago farfara
Wood strawberry - Fragaria vesca
We literally just learned ferns last week, so I have been putting off trying to figure out what #13 is. I really have no excuse for #8, other than goldenrod's are SUPER aggravating to key out. There are many, many, many, many of them...and they look alike. So, tomorrow I'm going sit with my wildflower guides and figure it out.
I also have to include 5 of these, for plants of my choice:
And 15 of these for each of the specimens...
And THAT is about it. I have been 75% done with this project for 2+ months, but due to laziness and business, I haven't touched it! Poor plants have been hanging out in the plant press, but as of Monday it will be complete.
Until next time...