Pressed Plants!

I got lucky for this assignment and am already in possession of a plant press which I made in elementary school, so I didn’t need to obtain any new materials. I was surprised to find when I opened my plant press that it still had all of the plants I had put in it back in fall of 2006!

I obtained the new plant specimens for this assignment on a few hikes around Turnagain Arm. I wrote down the descriptions of each plant’s location and obtained their GPS coordinates, but I forgot to take pictures of the plants. The only reason that this is really much of an issue is that of the four plants I collected, I can only identify one of them! If anyone has any suggestions as to what the three plants I have labeled as “unknown” are, please feel free to let me know.

Incase they are too difficult to read in my pictures, I have added the text for my labels next to or below each image.

 

Ericaceae                                                    Alaska, USA

Empetrum nigrum

 

Collected in Turnagain Pass along the Historic Iditarod Trail

Found in a slightly boggy meadow surrounded by forest, next to a small pond

60°48’01.58”N 149°09’47.35”W

 

Common name: Crowberry

Collected by: Elias Peters

July 2nd, 2020

(some of these plants have the same description because I found them in the same place).

Unknown                                                                                      Alaska, USA          

Unknown                                                                                                                              

Collected in Turnagain Pass along the Historic Iditarod Trail

Found in a slightly boggy meadow surrounded by forest, next to a small pond

60°48’01.58”N 149°09’47.35”W

Common name: Unknown 

Collected by: Elias Peters

July 2nd, 2020

 

Unknown                                                                                                        Alaska, USA

Unknown

Collected in Portage along the Byron Glacier Trail

Found right next to trail about a quarter mile from the end of the trail, surrounded by alders

60°45’56.36”N 148°50’36.39”W

Common name: Unknown

Collected by: Elias Peters

July 2nd, 2020

 

 

 

One comment

  1. Great job Elias! It is a bit difficult to know for sure what your plants are, but I think the second one might be Geum macrophyllum (but not very sure), the third one I believe is Juncus castaneus subsp. leucochlamys, and the last one is a bit tricky, missing flowers, but it could be another Geum, this time Geum calthifolium. A bit out of my comfort zone… and it is always good to look over the specimen under a microscope.

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