Plant Collection Assignment

Plant Collection  

Due May 10, 2012

Obtain 30 different plants. Including:

          2 Ferns

6 Gymnosperms: at least 3 of them pines

14 Angiosperm: 5 of them oaks, 2 of them fruits, and no more than 2                      

*ornamental angiosperms (The other 5-7 can be your choice of angiosperms)

8 Non-Ornamental plants of your choice (fern, gymnosperms, or angiosperms)


Once you have gathered your 30 plants you must press them to get all the water and oils out of the leaves.  To do this, place a leaf on a piece of newspaper and stack it between several books. Once you have pressed the leaves glue, do not tape, them to a piece of plain paper, not lined paper.


On the paper include all of the following about the plant:

          Scientific Name (genus and species, Written correctly)

          Common Name

          Where you obtained the plant (County, City, or Street)

          Family Name (ending in -aceae, not common Family names)


Put each of the plants in a clear sheet protector, in a 3-ring binder. Place the fern, gymnosperm and angiosperm divisions together, in alphabetical order by scientific name.


What must be turned into me is:

A 3-ring binder with 30 plants (Be sure the have all the required plants) that have been pressed and glued to a plain piece of white paper that has all of the above information on it. Each plant must be in a sheet protector divided into divisions in alphabetical order by scientific name


This is due on May 10, 2012 & counts as 4 major grades in both the test and other section of your grades.

(2 per 9-weeks for period classes.)


* Bonus points for having all 5 types of pine trees found in this area.*

* Bonus points for any types of moss, liverwort, or hornwort.*

* Bonus for having all oaks listed on opposite page*







Boston Fern

Macho Fern

Christmas Fern

Ebony Spleenwort

Southern Maidenhair

Glade Fern




Shortleaf Pine

Longleaf Pine

Loblolly Pine

Spruce Pine

Slash Pine

Eastern Red Cedar

Bald Cypress



*Ornamental Plants:

Crape Mrytle

Bradford Pear


Japanese Red Maple








Osage Orange



Eastern Cottonwood

Shagbark Hickory

Pignut Hickory

Water Hickory

Mockernut Hickory


Black Walnut

River Birch

American Beech


Winged Elm

Slippery Elm

American Elm

Royal Paulonia

Yellow Poplar

White Poplar

Red Mulberry

Southern Magnolia

Sweetbay Magnolia




Eastern Redbud

Honey Locust

Black Locust

Mimosa (silk tree)


Chinese Tallow tree

American Holly

Box Elder

Red Maple

Silver Maple

Flowering Dogwood

Big Leaf Magnolia

Red Buckeye

White Ash

Green Ash

Black Tupelo



Black Willow


Witch Hazel

Devil’s walking stick




White Oak

Southern Red Oak

Blackjack Oak

Water Oak

Post Oak

Live Oak

Willow Oak

Sawtooth Oak

Chestnut Oak

Overcup Oak

Swamp Chestnut Oak

Cherrybark Oak



*Ornamental Plants are usually those used for landscaping purposes.  The term is meant to include anything that would not be naturally found in the wild. There are other ornamental plants besides those listed.  Other plants can be used beside those listed above. If you have questions about a plant, ask!


Internet Tree Sites _trees/tree_common_names.shtml


* I also have several books that you can use, you just have to ask.  The BHS and Public library also have books that can be checked out.



Leaves = 5 points (common name, Scientific name, family name, location, having a leaf) =         150 points

Pressed Leaves/Glued Leaves/Sheet Protectors = 15 points each =                      45 points

Alphabetical order/Scientific Names written correctly = 20 points each =        40 points

Angiosperms (14), Gymnosperms (6), Ferns (2), Oaks (5), Fruits (2) Pines (3) =   32 points

Non-Ornamental Remaining Leaves = 8 points                                                        8 points      

                                                                                                                         275 points

(10 Points will be deducted for not having a notebook, lined paper, neatness, not being in divisions….)