Monthly Project - April/May 2013

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  1. buroak

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    I would like to thank GreyOne for submitting this idea. This project will give us an opportunity to learn to identify plants and study their uses. Use identification guides or check with someone in your area that can help you make the identification.

    For the April/May project, we will be making a pressed plant collection. The plants can be wild flowers, tree leaves, edible or otherwise useful plants. Take pictures of the plant before it is picked and after it has been pressed and labeled and post them. Tell a little about the plant and how it can be used in your area. The first five plants are due in April with a total of 15 due before the end of May.

    Don’t pick a leaf, flower or other part of a plant until you have identified the plant. It is much easer to identify a plant before it is pressed than after. Give the common name for the plant. Also, give at least the genus name of the plant and also the species if it can be determined. It is very important to use the genus and species names of plants because there may be many, many common names for the same plant across the country but each plant has only one genus and species name wherever the specimen was collected. That way everyone will know exactly what plant you are talking about.

    You can press plants between layers of newspaper. Put something heavy such as some books on top to weight the paper and plants down until they are dry. You can also make a portable press to use in the field. Take two pieces of thin plywood about one foot by one foot and put several layers of newspaper between the boards. Then use straps to keep the boards pressed hard together with the paper and plants in between. Be sure to label each pressed plant with at least its common name, genus and species names and location and date found.

    Disclaimer note:
    "Wild edible plant identification can be risky. Some of the plants have both edible and poisonous properties. The information posted here is unverified. Use at your own risk. "
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    Thanks Buroak ! Good picture too.
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    I really wanted to do this about two years ago. I'm going to do it now, just have to wait for the leaves!
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    The purpose of the April/May project is intended to help people get out and take pictures of plants, press specimens where appropriate and start a herbarium collection of dried plants for future reference. I say where appropriate because it is not always good to pick a plant or part of a plant. If there is only one specimen of a particular plant, don’t pick it, just take a picture. This is especially important if the plant is a rare species. Taking a leaf from a large tree, for example, will not hurt the tree. Some plant parts don’t press well. If this is the case, just take a picture.

    The advantage of having a collection of dry plants along with pictures is that many features and details can be observed with a dry plant that a picture may not show. This is one of the reasons museums and arboretums maintain herbarium collections.

    I don’t have an expensive camera but I do love to get out and take pictures with what I have to work with. You can also.
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    Wild Goose Plum

    Genus: Prunus

    Species: munsoniana

    Common Name: Wild Goose Plum

    Location Found: Southern Illinois

    Date Picture Taken: 4-15-2013

    Description and Uses: This plant did not press well so I will only show the picture.

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    Trifoliate Orange


    Genus: Poncirus

    Species: trifoliata

    Common Name: Trifoliate Orange

    Location Found: Southern Illinois

    Date Picture Taken: 4-16-2013

    Description and Uses: This is another plant that did not press well so I am using the picture only. The fruit looks like a small orange. It is green when young and then turns orange when ripe. The fruits are full of seeds and are very bitter. I use it as an ornamental. It can be very invasive in the southern states.


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    Description and Uses: The pawpaw flowers I picked did not press very well. They just looked like brown blobs so I will show only the pictures. I think the flowers of the pawpaw tree are one of the most unusual of the early blooming trees. Pawpaw fruit can be eaten when ripe. It has one of those tastes that you will either like or hate and not much in between. The inner bark can be used for cordage.

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    I tried growing a few pawpaw trees down here and it hasn't worked out yet. The heat keeps killing them. Don't even know what they taste like but I read that they are very good. Really wish you could buy them around here.
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    Very nice collection, cockeyedhunter!
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    Thanks buroak. I tried using the method Mors showed on YT with clear packaging tape to hold the plants but it hasn't worked well for me. Some of our plants are really moist and started to mold under the tape. Next time I will build a press like you suggested. The next plants I need to study are the grasses. Thanks for the monthly lesson.
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    This one just wasnt working on my current schedule, are we back to voting for a June project?
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    In my first post of this project, I posted a picture of a mullein plant. This plant is in the edge of my garden. The following pictures are of that same plant. It is now almost 7’ tall. I will soon have to cut the seed head off before the seeds are ripe or I will have an over abundance of mullein plants from now on!

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