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Plant ID
This event helps students develop an interest in a wide variety of plants that are important habitat components for wildlife and domestic livestock. This program is taught in the agriculture curriculum to help enhance the higher thinking skills of its participants. The Range and Pasture Plant Identification CDE and its supporting instruction helps students recognize a significant number of specific plants and their fundamental growth characteristics as well as understand the importance of plants as a component of the environment in which animals exist. This event provides opportunity for mastery of the foundational knowledge and understanding contributing to future learning and success in college level coursework related to plant identification, understanding of growth parameters, and economic importance of plants.
A. Team Make-up
Three or four individuals per school form a team. All members will be scored and the top three scores will count towards the team total.
B. Event Format
1. The event shall consist of 60 samples of grasses, forbs, legumes, and woody plants selected from the Texas Master Plant List.
2. The participant will identify each plant and for each indicate (1) length of life, (2) season of growth, (3) origin, and (4) the economic values of wildlife and grazing.
3. All grass samples will have inflorescence present. Identification of all plants should be based on botanical characteristics.
4. The Texas Master Plant List is the official list for this event. The common name of each plant, spelling, capitalization and compounding of plant names follows that of the Master List. Latin names are not required but are included on the Master Plant List.
5. Improper identification will nullify all points concerning a given sample.
6. A list of common names associated with a “Plant Number” will be provided to each individual. Individuals will use the “Plant Number” to identify plants on the scoring sheets. For example, Broom snakeweed is “Plant Number” 076.
7. Plants with dual characteristics should have both correctly checked. For example: Ash juniper is listed as both a warm and cool season plant and both these characteristics would have to be checked to earn full credit. In the event, the only characteristics to be checked are those given on the attached checklist.
8. Materials used in the event will be mounted. Students will not be allowed to handle specimens.
9. The Texas Master Plant List will be the official score card for grading the student's paper and should be followed during the training period.


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