PLANT CHOSEN- ORCHID Option #2 – Plant Observation Exercise- PLANT CHOSEN: ORCHID Overview: Option #2 asks you to encounter and investigate a living Orchid plant The first objective is to identify and make specific observations of one plant in your environment. This could be a houseplant, a plant in your garden, or a particular plant, tree or shrub in your neighbourhood, or on campus. You’re welcome to locate a tree on campus using the Keele Campus Tree Inventory oChoose any specific plantn Moodle (in Supplementary Links), or to purchase a plant from a local store for the purposes of this study. You can also use the resources on Moodle to identify a specific native plant in a park or garden. Be sure you choose a plant you can correctly identify. The second objective is to learn more about the plant through library and/or online resources, and to combine what you learn with your personal observation of this plant. Use 4-6 different (reputable!) sources. You may also speak to a plant expert (for example, at a garden centre). Please credit any verbal information you receive as “Personal Communication” and refer to them as “Employee of….” Step by Step instructions: 1. Choose any specific plant that you can identify by common name and Latin name. 2. Photograph the plant in its current location. 3. Make notes about the plant in its environment – is it in a particular room, on a specific part of campus, near your home, in a park, etc? Be as specific as possible about its location and the environment. 4. Gatherinformationabouttheplant–throughwebsites,books,brochures available through York Library and online. Verify the quality of your sources. Aim to use 4-6 good quality sources. Here are some possible kinds of information – feel free to add your own. ? Common name and Latin name ? Place of origin ? Common uses (material, medicinal, environmental, aesthetic etc.) ? Any interesting references in popular culture? 5. Makesomeobservationsaboutyourparticularplantforatotalofonehour(you may break this up into smaller time blocks). The following questions may help you make observations. You may use any that apply and may add your own. ? Specifically, where is this plant? 4 ? How are you or others interacting with the plant? Is it performing a particular function for you or others (ex. Beautifying your desk, producing berries, cleaning office air, producing flowers, offering shade in a park, providing a habitat for particular organisms, etc.) ? Is the plant on its own or is it surrounded by other plants? Is it in a park, building, urban area, etc. ? How well does your observation of the plant correspond to published descriptions of others of the same species? Consider leaf shape, flowers, stem, height, location, and other characteristics. ? Is the plant in its natural environment? Where is the plant originally from if it is not native? Do you know how it got there? 6. Write a 4-5 page double-spaced report on your plant that integrates the information you’ve collected and observed. Important Notes: Photos and illustrations: ? Be sure to include at least one photo of your particular plant. ? Ensure that you have permission before taking pictures that include someone else. ? Illustrations and images that are taken from other sources should be properly credited, and should not be copyrighted – as a suggestion, use images available through Wikimedia and provide a photo credit. ? Photos and any figures are not included in the page count. Please add them to the end of the paper. ? Ensure that images each have a Figure number (Figure 1, Figure 2), and descriptive caption explaining what you want the reader to note about the photo, and how it connects to your report. Refer to your figures in the text of your document in order (refer to figure 1 first, etc.).