Plant:

Plants are multicellular organisms that produce the majority of their food from sunlight using a process called photosynthesis. In the context of this database they include any non-woody herb or vegetable growth.



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Desert Plant; growing in dry, arid climate NOT next to water

/Agave OR Yucca (long, lance-shaped leaves OR spines growing in a rosette pattern,often with one tall central stalk growing upright from center)/

Agave. Courtesy of Flikr user Juan Ignacio 1976. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.
Agave. Courtesy of Flikr user Juan Ignacio 1976. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

/ Cactus (fleshy body with spines OR needles instead of leaves)/

Courtesy of Flickr User Jan Miller. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License
Bakersfield Cactus. Courtesy of Flickr User Jan Miller. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Sage Mint {Salvia} (square-shaped stem, pleasant aromatic smell, leaves facing 4 Directions)/

Courtesy of Flickr user Jerry Oldenettel. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 license.
Mint. Courtesy of Flickr user Jerry Oldenettel. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Succulent (fleshy, water-bearing stems &/or leaves w/ “points”, but NO spines)/

Courtesy of Flickr user di.wineanddine
Purslane. Courtesy of Flickr user di.wineanddine. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Dryland Meadow Dwellergrowing in open sun, NOT necessarily a desert 

/Grain-Producing Plant (grains growing on top), Rosette; (rosettes often have a prominent single, unbranched central stem or stalk later in the season)/

Courtesy of Flickr user naturalflow. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.
Amaranth. Courtesy of Flickr user naturalflow. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Wetland Plant; submerged in fresh water OR heavily saturated soil

/Reed {Poales} (tall, grass-like plant with smooth leaves feel “foamy” on the inside when squeezed)/

Courtesy of Flickr user Phil Roeder. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.
Cattails. Courtesy of Flickr user Phil Roeder. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Watercress {Nasturtium officinale}/

Courtesy of Flickr user Wendell Smith. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.
Watercress. Courtesy of Flickr user Wendell Smith. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

 / Wild Celery  {Vallisneria americana} /

Courtesy of Flickr user Forest and Kim Starr. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.
Wild Celery. Courtesy of Flickr user Forest and Kim Starr. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Spotted Water Hemlock {Cicuta maculata}/

Courtesy of Flickr user NatureServe. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.
Spotted Water Hemlock. Courtesy of Flickr user NatureServe. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Woodland Dweller; growing in shaded forest OR next to water

/Fern / (large, feather-shaped, divided leaves called “fronds” arising from the ground) / Rosette (leaves growing in a rosette) / 4-Directions Plant (leaves pointing in *4 Directions* lined all the way up a single central stem or stalk)/

Courtesy of Flickr user brewbooks. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.
Bracken Fern. Courtesy of Flickr user brewbooks. Released under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

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