Capistrano Unified School District
THE PLANT COLLECTION:
The purpose of this plant collection is to learn about the native plants
in Southern Orange County. There are many native plants in your area
that you now call "weeds." These plants actually have names and medicinal
uses or are edible. Your task will to be to use your outdoor skills
to find, collect, and press these illusive indigenous
You will need a total of 20 plants for your collection.
The first 15 are from the required list below and must be displayed in
the proper order. The remaining 5 plants (#16-#20)
may be any other plant indigenous to Southern California.
Extra credit may be earned by collecting extra indigenous plants (2 points
for each extra, but no more than 5 extra plants).
You will need to list the common name, genus and species
name, and collection location for each displayed plant on the poster board
page next to the plant.
For every plant you collect, you will need to do some
research about the edible or medicinal uses. This information needs
to be included on the poster board page with the displayed plant.
They must be in the following order.
1. Anise (Sweet Fennel)
3. Chaparral Broom (Coyote
5. Coastal Sage
6. Cucumber Gourd
9. Lemonade Berry
13. Tree Tobacco
14. Wild Artichoke
15. Wild Oats
Here are some useful web sites that
will give you common names, scientific names, and pictures of most of the
plants you will find in this area:
Medicinal Uses and Edible Plants
THE FOOD WEB:
The next part of your project is to make a food web including all of the
animals in the typical coastal desert or chaparral biome where you found
your plants. You need to include the following:
If you need help figuring out how
to organize your food web, all you have to do is click here