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Plant Identification

Perhaps as important as the plant specimen itself is the information the label provides about the specimen. The most crucial information on the label is the plant name. The name you should apply to every collected plant is the scientific name, which unequivocally identifies your specimen. The corrent identification of a plant depends on good reference material and having the right plant parts to distinguish the plant species from closely related taxa. The flora of the Washington-Baltimore Area is well-documented and many good field guides are available for plant identification.

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