Information to Record
when Collecting Plants
OBJECTIVE: Students will
learn the information that needs to be recorded when plants are collected.
They will then apply this information to at least five different plants
collected in the field. Collecting data may be written directly on the
newspaper the plant is pressed in, or written on a Plant
Collecting Data Form that is placed in the newspaper with
the pressed plant. Plants may be pressed in the field or may be taken
back to the classroom to be pressed.
BACKGROUND: It is very important that details
of the collection site be recorded for each specimen collected. Plant
names do not have to be known at the time of collection. - they
can be looked up later. However, specifics of location, growing site,
soil and surrounding vegetation are essential information and must be
recorded immediately (they can be easily forgotten). This information
can be written on the margin of the newspaper in which the plant is
pressed or on a separate form. An explanation of each item that needs
to be noted when recording collecting data is found on the Teacher Information
page called Plant
Collecting Data. All this information will need to be on
the specimen label when the plant is pressed and mounted so it is important
that it be correct.
practice of plant and data collecting