Sample Collection Log Page

Your collection log should include all the information you observe about your plant while you are in the field, as well as your final identification and any notes you make about the plant.

It isn't necessary that your collection log be neat, just complete. It's a good idea to use waterproof ink or pencil.

What information to include?

If you make these notes while in the field, then all you will have to do later is copy the information to your labels.

Click to see a sample collection log page. Note that the collector, Joe Cool, has saved himself a lot of trouble by writing out the location and habitat description once for each of his collecting sites. He has also made himself a lot of notes about which plants to use, where to start keying, what he thinks the plants might be, and so on.

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