Compile a Photo Gallery (slideshow in Powerpoint or Google Slides) of your own photos of examples of the taxa listed below. You may have more than one example (species) of the same taxa if that is indicated (for example, you can get credit for up to 4 correctly identified Pinophytes). You do not need to have every different taxon listed, just enough for the maximium grade (total of 20). Five points willl be for presentation–how nice does the slide show look? how diverse and creative are your examples? If your pictures are copied from the internet or iNaturalist I will let you know that you need to re-do the assignment and you will have 0 points until you do.
Monilophyta—up to 4
Pinophyta—up to 4
Cycadophyta—up to 4
Magnoliophyta/Monocot— up to 4
Magnoliophyta/Dicot—up to 6
Fungi—Basidiomycota (you are extremely unlikely to find any other groups)—1
The Details and Rules
Each slide should have a picture of the plant or plants labeled with the name of the taxon as listed above.
Each unique example that is correctly identified is worth 1 point, so for full credit, you need to find & correctly identify 20 different plants (+fungi or lichen). For example, if you include a yellow-flowered hibiscus and a pink-flowered hibiscus I will only award 1 point.
One student from the group should upload the file with all group members names indicated in some way (for example, on first slide).
Your neighborhood, Balboa Park and Mission Trails Regional Park (Visitor Center Trail) are great areas to walk around to look for different types of plants and are free. The zoo has all these plants, many identified, so if you are a member or can go with a friend that is also a great (and fun) way to do the assignment. Plant stores (nureseries or garden centers) are also places to find lots of different plants and they are labeled for you!
Photos should be taken yourselves, not downloaded from the internet. Blurry or otherwise “bad” photos are fine as long as I can see it well enough to identify it. If you can’t find a plant, email me for suggestions for where to look or find an example in iNaturalist and visit it.
For each taxon, you can have up to the number indicated of DIFFERENT species. For example, a daisy, a poppy and a sunflower (be careful, some plants’ flowers come in different colors).
You do not need to identify the species with either a common name or a scientific name.
The first 1-5 (depending on taxon) plants submitted will be evaluated, so do not submit extras, hoping some examples out of your pile will be correct.