You have decided to take up horticulture as a hobby. The first thing you will do in pursuit of this new passion is identifying a plant found in your yard or local environment. If you do not have a yard or live in an urban environment, visit a local park or botanical garden. Collect a field journal on your chosen plant (this means take lots of photos and measurements as you can).
Conduct appropriate research to provide the following information.
- Scientific and common name of your plant
- Classification of the plant (vascular vs. non-vascular, seedless vs. seed, flowering vs. non-flowering)
- Dominant stage in life cycle (gametophyte vs. sporophyte)
- Life span
- Reproductive frequency
- Method of reproduction (self vs. cross, artificial vs. natural reproduction)
- Method of pollen distribution
- Natural environment/distribution
- Type of root system
- Is your plant considered invasive or alien to your area?
Provide images (photographs, sketches, or even scans will work) of the following structures and label them appropriately.
- Shape of leaf (be sure to label all the parts of a leaf on one of your images)
- Primary and secondary growth (if appropriate)
- Flower or seed (if appropriate and available)
Rubric: Hobby Horticulturalist
|Plant is identified||Scientific and multiple common names provided||Scientific and common name provided||Scientific and common name are not both provided||3 pts|
|Plant is classified||Plant is fully classified (vascularity, seeds, flowering)||Plant is classified at only a high level (i.e. stop as vascular)||Plant is not classified||3 pts|
|Life cycle is identified||Dominant and secondary stage are identified||Dominant stage is identified specific to plant at time of examination||No life stage is identified||3 pts|
|Life span is noted||Full life span is identified, along with “guess” as to current likely life span||Average life span is identified||Life span is not identified||3 pts|
|Reproductive frequency is identified||Reproductive frequency is identified, along with current status (varies by plant and season)||Reproductive frequency is identified||Reproductive frequency is not identified||3 pts|
|Method of reproduction is identified||Natural and artificial reproduction methods are both identified||Typical reproduction method identified||No reproductive method is identified||3 pts|
|Pollen distribution is noted||Pollinators and pollination identified||Pollen distribution is identified||Pollen distribution is not discussed||3 pts|
|Natural environment||Natural distribution and environmental requirements are noted||Natural distribution is listed||Distribution is not identified||3 pts|
|Root system identified||Root system is identified and illustrated||Root system is identified||Root system is not identified||3 pts|
|Images are provided||Leaf, growth, flower/seed are all photographed or imaged from multiple views and each image is clearly labeled||Images are provided and gross features labeled||Images are not provided or are not labeled||3 pts|
|Total points: 30|