User talk:Sophia Helen Comas

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Transect #2

Dave Mohebbi and Sophia Comas

Five Plants and Location In The Transect:

(All plants collected were vascular and therefore tracheophytes)


there is a small vine growing on the creek bank very close to the water. The leaves are highly vascular, green and purple coloration, and broad leaves. Vascularity is easily visible from both front and back of leaf, with lighter coloration than the rest of the leaf body.

Height- ~1 inch, ground vine

Tentative Identification- Could not identify

2.PNG Tall grass growing high on creek bank in large clusters. Extremely bright green, which is surprising given the current weather conditions. Longitudinally vascular along length of blade. Thin blades/leaves.

Tentative identification- Scirpus atrovirens, dark-green bulrush

Height- ~8 inches


Thick, waxy, shrub-like grass. Grows in very moist soil on creek bank nearest water. Thick, spongy, and longitudinally vascular along the length of the blade.

Height- ~4 inches

Tentative Identification- a species of Luzula, Wood Rush

4.1.PNG 4.2.PNG

Medium sized fern, grew higher up on creekbank among trees and bushes. Vascular on the back of the leaves.

Tentative identification- Woodwardia areolata, Netted Chain Fern

Height- ~2 feet

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Deep red/brown/green color of the leaves, very large bush, grew higher on the creek bank with trees and ferns. There is notice of vascularity along the back of the leaves in a radiant pattern but it is not easily noticed.

Confident Identification- Rhododendron carolinianum, Carolina rhododendron

Height- ~5 feet

No seeds were found, although the bush with red leaves did have these small bud like structures: 6.PNG

Also, one of the five plants collected was a fern, which produces spores.


Of the prepared slides, the following are fungi:


What are Fungi Sporangia and why are they important?

Samples, Clockwise from top left: A common mushroom (saprobe) (basidiomycota) Mold (possible rhizopus stolonifer) (saprobe) (ascomycota) Mold (possible rhizopus stolonifer) (saprobe) (ascomycota) Rhizopus Stolonifer (saprobe)(ascomycota)

Pick one and describe why it is a fungus: Mold, typically discolored and fuzzy appearance as shown in the image, is a fungus because they are living and have long branching thread-like filaments (hyphae) that form visible colonies. Mold is produced by spores and cannot photosynthesize.