is in southern College Station. The main entrance is on Rock
Prairie Road, a bit more than 2 miles S of the junction with Greens
Prairie Road (Hwy 40.) We will have rented vehicles. Plan to ride
with us. If for some reason you *have* to meet us out there,
please let us know in writing ahead of time so that we do not wait in
the lab for you.
|Objectives for this lab are
□ learn about the history of the vegetation in the park
□ discuss the effects of human activity on the vegetation
□ recognize and identify the dominant canopy trees, shrub species, vines, and grasses
□ recognize and identify selected wildflowers that belong to families we have studied
□ discuss the edibility or uses of some of the native plants
□ review morphology and terminology of families we have studied
□ review characteristics of monocots, dicots, and non-flowering plants
□ Closed-toe shoes must be worn.
□ Do not wander away from the group.
□ Learn what poison ivy looks like so that you can avoid it.
□ DO NOT eat any plant unless specifically instructed to do so.
□ Do not touch or handle any wildlife. Venomous snakes are found in the park.
□ Obey any directions your TA, lab coordinator, or tour host gives you
□ Watch where you step. Be alert for fire ants, mud, rocks, etc.
□ Wear your seat belt and avoid horseplay in the vans
□ If you are sensitive to sun, wear sun screen and/or a hat. Carry water if you need to
□ There are no restroom facilities at the park
1. Work on distinguishing angiosperms from other
elements of the Lick Creek Park flora and, within angiosperms, between monocots
Gymnosperm - Juniperus virginianus (Plants Profile)
Pteridophyte (Fern) - Pleopeltis polypodioides var. michauxianum and Woodsia obtusa
2. Be able to recognize families:
overview); focus: Pyrrhopappus, Sonchus, Senecio
b. Fabaceae or Leguminosae (Vicia, Baptisia; overview of the Fabales)
c. Poaceae (overview - also = Gramineae; focus: Bromus)
3. Be able to identify (apply technical name and family to a specimen):
American Persimmon - Diospyros virginiana (Ebenaceae)
(Juglandaceae) - same genus as pecan; same
family as walnut
Elm Ulmus (Ulmaceae) - many species with useful wood.
For more information, see this page on the Flora of the Western Gulf Coastal Plain