People Plant Collecting
PLANT COLLECTING DATA
The following information must be recorded for each
plant specimen collected. This information is kept with the individual
specimen either by writing it directly
on the newspaper the plant is pressed in or on
form that is placed with the plant when it is
Common name refers to the name people
in a region call the plant. Often these names express characteristics
of the plant. Common names present a problem because the same name is
often applied to more than one plant.
Scientific name refers to the name
the scientific community has given to the plant. Scientific names can
be looked up in books such as those listed in Activity #2.
Location collected refers to the specifics
of where the plant was found. It is the address of the plant. For example:
"Found on north side of Arroyo Chico 100m west of where Via Golendria
crosses the wash."
Growing site refers to the microhabitat
where the plant was growing. For example: "Growing in the shade of a Mesquite
tree right next to the tree trunk."
Soil type describes the soil. For
example: "Growing in extremely dry sandy-clay soil."
Surrounding vegetation also helps
describe the site. For example: "Surrounded by large Mesquite trees in
a flood-plane Mesquite Bosque, with Whitethorn Acacia and Desert Broom
Special notes should be made of anything
that will help describe the plant as it is found growing at the collection
System number is a collection number
some scientists use to catalog specimens in their collection.
Date refers to the day the plant is
Note: Students may not want to carry their plant
press back and forth to the study site. Plants can be collected and placed
in a paper bag for pressing when they return to the classroom. However,
It is very important that a Plant
Collecting Data Form be placed with each plant
collected, or the collecting information
written on the newspaper in which the specimen