Plant Collection Labels
Important things to remember about making labels:
It doesn't matter if you type or print, as
long as the labels are legible. If you run out, you can access
our Forms Page and print some more!
Be very precise with the location. Don't
forget the city!
Measure your plants; don't guess
about the height. Measure from the ground up (i.e. don't include root
length on herbs). Vines have a length to which they crawl or climb.
Measurements may be metric or English, but remember to include units.
Include as much habitat information as
possible. Don't include temporary weather conditions.
Growth form choices: herb, vine, tree, or
List flower or fruit color, and indicate
which you are describing. If you have both, put both.
The month may be written out or represented
by a Roman numeral, but it is never written with a regular (Arabic)
citation includes the author or title of the book you used to identify
the plant, and the page number on which the description is found. Write
this down when you key the plant. Why have to go back and
do it later?
(These are old label images and do not show a citation. Your
labels will need citations.)
If you are unsure about how to write up the location or habitat,
ASK your TA or lab coordinator for help.
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last updated July 3, 2008 by MDR