FALL, 2002

Organizing Diversity on Planet Courtyard

Name:  Diana & AMANDA
Username:  a
Subject:  categorization of plants
Date:  2002-09-17 14:35:53
Message Id:  2722
Comments: stalk
A: Jagged leaf edges
a.stalked plants b.ground plants
B: smooth leaf edges
a. round leaf (s) b.single point c. multi pointed

2. Brown stalk
A: < 10 ft
a. needles b.soft leaves bb1.rounded bb2. pointed
a:single point b:multi point

3.No stalk
a. spongy leaf leaves/hard
B:other(color, or "Grobstein" category)
a. flat aa1:bumpy aa2:smooth/close to surface
b. protruding bb1:disc shape bb2:tubular shape

Amanda Maclay Diana Fernandez

Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Planet Courtyard Key
Date:  2002-09-17 14:39:59
Message Id:  2723

A. Tree Like
1A. Tall (8' and taller)
1A'. Jagged leaves (papery bark)
1A". Five lobe leaves (regular bark)

2A. Smaller (8' and smaller)
2A'. needles with berries
2A". leafy
2A"1. Alive
2A"1'. Lt green leaves (not waxy)
2A"1". dk green leaves (waxy)
2A"2. Dead

B. Un-tree Like
1B. Ground Cover
1B'. Leafy
1B'1. Stringy
1B'2. Vuluptuos
1B'3. Shag
1B'4. Crab Grass
1B'5. Tall
1B". "Mossy"
1B"1. Moss
1B"1'. Soft
1B"1". Hairy
1B"2. Lichen

2B. Individual Plants
2B'. Leafy
2B". Flowery
2B"1. Red-vein crawling
2B"2. Tall flowering
2B"3. Yellow flowering
2B"3. Oreo
2B"4. Squash
2b"5. Pumpkin
2B"6. Red Berry
2B'1. More than one stem
2B'2. Single-stemed
2B'1'. Clusters
2B'1'1. Lilly pad
2B'1'2. Jagged-edge clover
2B'1'3. Clover
2B'1". Not clustered
2B'1"1. Smooth leaves
2B'1"2. Jagged leaves
2B'1"3. Spunky fern
2B'1"4. Fat fuzzy
2B'1"5. Long fuzzy

Stephanie Lane, Katie Campbell, Kate Amilin

Name:  Joanna, Yarimee, Jen
Subject:  lab report II
Date:  2002-09-17 14:43:37
Message Id:  2724
Joanna Robertson
Yarimee Gutierrez
Jennifer Rusk
September 17, 2002

****************************PLANT LIFE*********************************


A. soft texture

1. moss (close to ground)
2. skinny leaf/Linear
3. thick leaf

B. thin/hard texture and leaves

1. leafy branches/ Even Pinnate
2. few leaves/ Biternate
3. single leaves/YEW(needle foliage leaf)

C. single thick/hard trunk and leaves

1. Orbicular
2. Palmately Lobed


A. Black

1. round/cap/ Pilius
2. Oyster

B. Tan

1. Fan-shaped Pilius

C. White

1. Fan- shaped Pilius

D. Lite Beige

1. Mushroom

Name:  virginia laura marybeth
Subject:  Planet Courtyard - Voyage #2
Date:  2002-09-17 14:45:27
Message Id:  2725
Virginia Culler, Laura Silvius, MaryBeth Curtiss Plantlife on Planet Courtyard
I. Hard Brown Stemmed Plants
---A. Single Central Stem
------1. Elongated pointy leaves
---------a. "Pointy Leaf Tree"
------2. Spikey Leaves
---------a. "Star Leaf Tree"
---B. Ground-level Branching Stems
------1. Small Rounded Leaves
---------a. Small Waxy Dark Green Leaves
------------i. "Waxy Bush"
---------b. Small Matte Light Green Leaves
------------i. "Furry Leaf Bush"
------2. Needles
---------a. "Needle Bush"
II. Soft, Green Stem or No Stem
---A. Soft Green Stem
------1. Overall Green
---------a. Elongated Leaves
------------i. Stemmed Grasses
---------------aa. "String Bean Grass
---------------bb. "Fuzzy Top Grass"
---------b. Short Leaves
---------------aa. Under 2 inches
------------------i) "Mini Spikey Maple Leaves"
------------------ii) "Clover-like Leaves"
------------------iii) "Stiffer Crack Plants"
---------------bb. Above 2 Inches
------------------i) "Big Dock"
------------------ii) "Big Thistle"
------2. Other Colors
---------a. "Yellow Flower"
---B. No Stem
------1. Stemless Leaf Plants
---------a. Leafy
------------i. Multi-leaf
---------------aa. "Crack Plant"
---------------bb. "Teardrop Plant"
------------ii. Single Leaf
---------------aa. "Round Dock"
---------------bb. "Spikey"
---------------cc. "Heartshaped"
---------b. Grass -like
------------i. "Skinny Grass"
------------ii. "Fat Grass"
------2. Blanketing Plants
---------a. Defined Parts
------------i. Mold-like
---------------aa. "Tree Mold"
------------ii. Moss-like
---------------aa. Dark Green
------------------i) "Regular Dark Green"
------------------ii) "Spikey Dark Green"
---------------bb. Light Green
------------------i) "Regular Light Green
------------iii. Lichen-like
---------------aa. "Orange Lichen-like"
---------------bb. "Green Lichen-like"
---------b. Undefined Parts
---------------aa. "Rock Stain Growth"
------3. Fungus-like Plants
---------a. "Puffy White Growth"

Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  back to planet PSB
Date:  2002-09-17 14:46:42
Message Id:  2726
Heather Price, Chistine Traversi, M.R.

We noticed that the biggest difference between the plants is the support system, which then determines the size, shape, and foliage of the plants. We wanted to find the least complex way of organizing all of the differences. We didn't classify and specifically name all of the plant life here, we are just presenting the basic outline of how the organization.

Support System

I. Brittle

A. Trees
1. horizontal branches
2. vertical branches

B. Bushes
1. Needles
2. Contoured
a.Round tip
b. Pointy tip

II. Non-Brittle

A. Mosses
1. Soft spike
2. Fern like

B. Grasses
1. Bladed
a. Long and skinny
b. Long and flat
c. Short and skinny
2. Non-Bladed
a. Clover
-3 leaves
-4 leaves
-14 leaves

C. Small Plants
1. Leaves from root
2. Leaves from stalk

Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Planet Courtyard Key
Date:  2002-09-17 14:46:50
Message Id:  2727
Elizabeth Damore, Sarah Tan, and Brenda Zera


1.0) Single Stalk 2.0) Mult. Stalk 3.0) No Stalk
(single root) (single root) (sngl. or mult.)

1.1 - Branches
1.1.1 - smooth bark (oval leaves - tree#1)
1.1.2 - rough bark (star shaped leaves - tree#2)

1.2 - No Branches (weeds)
1.2.1 - Flowers
1.2.1 A - clover-like flowers (s.p.#12)
1.2.1 B - small plant with yellow flowers (s.p.#7)
1.2.2 - No Flowers
1.2.2 A - big spotted leaves (s.p. #10)
1.2.2 B - dk. green multiple solid leaves (s.p. #3)
1.2.2 C - dk. green single solid leaves (s.p. #2)

2.1 - Branches
2.1.1 - Needles (bush #2)
2.1.2 - Leaves
2.1.2 A - fuzzy leaves (bush #1)
2.1.2 B - waxy leaves (bush #3)
2.2 - No Branches
2.2.1 - weed with small yellow flowers (s.p. #4)

3.1 - Ground Covers
3.1.1 - Vine (g.c. #2)
3.1.2 - Moss (g.c. #1)
3.2 - Leaves straight from Root
3.2.1 - Skinny (grasses)
3.2.1 A - flat leafed grass (grass #2)
3.2.1 B - thin leafed grass (grass #1)
3.2.1 C - Fine grass (grass #4 - new!)
3.2.1 D - Chive (grass #3)
3.2.2 - Wide Leaves
3.2.2 A - Horizontal growth
3.2.2 A' - large leaves with seed stalk (s.p. #8)
3.2.2 A'' - huge plant (s.p. #13)
3.2.2 A''' - big plant leaves (s.p. #9)
3.2.2 A'''' - dandylion (s.p. #11)
3.2.2 B - Vertical Growth
3.2.2 B' - spikey plant (s.p. #1)
3.2.2 B'' - white spot plant (s.p. #5)
3.2.2 B''' - serated leaf plant (s.p. #14 - new!)

Name:  sarah frayne and kathryn baile
Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  plant key
Date:  2002-09-17 14:49:25
Message Id:  2728
I Trunk (s)
---A single trunk from ground
-----1 cordate leaves
-----2 pinnatified leaves
---B multiple trunks from ground
-----1 spear shaped leaves
-----2 oval shaped leaves
-------a leaves whorled at end of stalk
-------b leaves alternate up the stalk

II No Trunks
---A no leaves
-----1 green
-----2 brown
---B leaves
-----1 linear leaves
-----2 non linear leaves
-------a cordate
-------b jagged
-------c straight
-------d pinnatifid

Name:  Kyla And Maggie
Subject:  Lab 2
Date:  2002-09-17 14:49:29
Message Id:  2729
Kyla Ellis
Margaret Hoyt

1. Is it a plant? Yes? Go to 2.
2. Is it dificult to uproot? ...Yes: go to 3
............................No: go to 11
3. Is it majorly difficult to uproot? ...Yes: go to 4
......................................No: go to 7
4. Difficult to uproot......Has deep ridges on trunk?....Yes, go to 5
......Has smooth trunk with easy- peelable bark?...Yes, go to 6
5. Has 5-point leaf? CLASS C SUB 1
6. Has one-point leaf? CLASS C SUB 2
7. Do branches grow straight up?...Yes: go to 8
................................No: go to 10
8. Are leaves blade-like?.......Yes: go to 9
9. Does plant have red berries?.....Yes: CLASS B SUB 1
10. Has glossy leaves?....Yes: CLASS B SUB 2
.....................No: CLASS B SUB 3
11. Does it have blades? Yes: go to 12
.....................No: go to 17
12. Does it have a stalk? Yes: go to 13
..........................No: go to 16
13. Is stalk thick or thin? Thick: go to 14
.............................THin: go to 15
14: Does plant have a bud-like growth? Yes: CLASS A SUB 1
........................................No: CLASS A SUB 2
15. Does it have broad leaves? Yes: CLASS A SUB 3
..................thin leaves? Yes: CLASS A SUB 4
16. Does it have broad leaves? Yes: CLASS A SUB 5
..................Single blades? Yes: CLASS A SUB 6
17. Does it have a Stalk? Yes: go to 18
..........................No: go to 19
18. Does it have a flower? Yes: CLASS A SUB 7
............................No: CLASS A SUB 8
19. Does it have spiky leaves? Yes: CLASS A SUB 9
...............................No: go to 20
20. Are leaves elliptical in shape? Yes: CLASS A SUB 10
....................................No: CLASS A SUB 11

Name:  Adrienne, Maggie, Laura B., Em
Subject:  Classifications
Date:  2002-09-18 14:03:01
Message Id:  2747
Classifications for Plant-Life:
We found 4 main groups; trees, shrubs, plants, and grasses. The characteristics we used to differentiate between individual species were the same for all four categories.
They are...
Leaf shape, size, texture, color, and location
Stem height, thickness, texture, strength, and color
Fruit size, shape, color, taste, and texture
Seed size, shape, color, and texture
Branch location, number, direction, and size
Flower size, shape, color, texture, and scent
Root location, shape, and size

I. Woody
A. Trees
...1. branches
...2. leaves
...3. Fruit/Flower/Seed
...4. Root
...5. Trunk
B. Shrubs

II. Non-Woody
**see Woody Plants**
A. Plants
B. Grasses

Maggie, Emily, Laura B., Adrienne

Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  planet psb revisited
Date:  2002-09-18 14:04:59
Message Id:  2748
Joanna "Leonardo" Ferguson, Lawral "Donatello" Wornek, Roma "Raphael" Hassan, Melissa "Michaelangelo" Brown: the teenage mutant ninja botanists!!!

on planet PSB the diversity was broken down into woody and non-woody.

1. woody plants : as the definitions below state, trees and shrubs are both woody plants. they are differentiated by height and where the branches start. we have them in the same category due to their woody stems.
...A) tree: a woody plant at least 5 metres high, with a main axis the lower part of which is usually unbranched.
...B) shrub: a woody plant less than 5 metres high, either without a distinct main axis, or with branches persisting on the main axis almost to its base.
(definitions found at

2. non-woody plants : these plants did not have a well-defined support system. they did not have woody stems.
...A) stems : these plants did have stems, but they were not woody; they were soft and fleshy. the stems were green or reddish in color.
.......a) large plants : the large plants were over one foot tall.
.......b) small plants : the small plants were under one foot tall.
............1) flowering
............2) non-flowering
...B) no stems : these plants did not have stems that were readily discernable. these plants grew close to the ground and in clusters. the clusters also grew close together, so it was hard to distinguish them from one another.
.......a) mosses : the mosses looked like a plant carpeting the ground. it was a consistent dark green color with yellow discolorations. the leaves are not distinct from each other. mosses grow along the ground, spreading out rather than growing vertically.
.......b) grasses : the grasses, although they do not have stems, were one continuous plant. the leaves had vein and were vertical and thin.
............1) flowering
............2) non-flowering

Name:  Mer, Chels, Heid
Subject:  Classifications
Date:  2002-09-18 14:13:23
Message Id:  2749
Chelsea Phillips
Heidi Adler-Michaelson
Mer Stoll

I. Plants

------A. No Bark

--------------1. Flowering plants

------------------a. Leaf distinctions (color, shape, size etc.)

------------------b. Stalks (color, thickness - realizing that age of the plant is an influence)

--------------2. Fronds - Non flowering plants (no visible buds and no evidence of sprouting)

------------------a. Generic Grasses (in referenece to earth's many and diverse grasses)

------------------b. Tall Grasses (over 7 inches tall)

------------------c. Stalked Plants (differentiated by leaf shape, color, patterns, etc)

--------------3. Mosses

------B. Bark

---------------1. Bushes

-------------------a. Texture of bark

-------------------b. Leaf shape, color, size, texture, etc.

-------------------c. Berries

---------------2. Trees

-------------------a. Growth Pattern

-------------------b. Leaves

-------------------c. Bark

II. Fungi

Name:  Carrie, Lauren, & Cat (!) -- w
Subject:  A Return to the Planet of Pretty Plants, Intern in Tow
Date:  2002-09-18 14:14:05
Message Id:  2750

This is our intern, Tegan.

Thanks to the aide of our trusty intern, we were able to conduct a more in-depth investigation of the plant life we encountered.
We broke down our former categories into sub-categories. As you may recall, we had four main categories of documented plantlife: mosses, grasses, shrubs, and trees. (see here for previous report)
Come, let us proceed from last week's exploration. Our more detailed categories are as follows:
      - Mixed Moss: This moss is mixed colors and is moist to the touch. There are white and green tendrils that reach across the area of the moss.       - Green Moss: This moss is a deep green, and dried-out at the edges.
      - "Common" Grass: This grass is also referred by homemakers as a "lawn" or "front yard." It is about an inch to an inch and a half in length, and the color is a dark green. A single vein runs down the center of the blade. It has a very simple structure, with only one part (the blade.)
      - "Marsh" Grass: This grass is longer and thicker than "Common" Grass. (If you take a blade between your fingers, pull it taut, and blow, it sounds really cool. Like a horn.) We tasted it; it is not recommended for human consumption. Like "Common" Grass, there is a single vein running down the center, and the blade comes to a point at the top (the bottom is thicker than the top).
      - Three-Sectioned Grasses: This can be classified as a grass, but is not built with the same "blade" structure as the two categories above. Instead, the blade ends in a tri-segmented leaf. The height of this kind of grass is comparable to that of "Common" Grass, and sometimes shorter.
      - Leafy: This type of shrub is identifiable by its small, round leaves which grow densely over the thin branches. The branches on this kind of shrub grow more upward than outward.
      - Evergreen: This kind of shrub has flat needle-like leaves and small red berries (not good to eat!). The branches grow more outward than upward, making this type of shrub not as tall as the Leafy shrub.
      - "Basic" Tree: This kind of tree has a trunk that goes all the way up with branches coming off the sides of it at varying angles. The leaves on this tree have three prongs, and a number of "veins" separating the leaf in subsections.
      - "Complex" Tree: The trunk of this kind of tree divides into branches that grow more upward than outward. The leaves have only one section (prong-less), but still have veins running across them. The trunk is thicker than that of the "Basic" Tree.

Name:  Anne, Bobbi, Rosie
Username:  Anonymous
Date:  2002-09-18 14:18:31
Message Id:  2751
Plants with Height:
A). small plants--Small
A plant growing in a community which covers substantial ground space. Height of each individual plant is greater than its width. Exhibits vertical growth. Roots and weak and unstable (easily torn from ground). A malleable organism that takes the shape of its environment.

B). Trees--Large
A single vertical growing plant that branches out as height increases. It grows independently. Has one main stem which is grounded by stable roots. Height is normally greater than width. Able to sustain secondary growth (leaves). Branches begin growing outward at mid trunk.

C). Bushes--Medium
A plant having a width greater than (or close in length to) height. Branches begin growing outward at base of trunk. Branches contain many smaller leaves.

Plant with minimal height (in comparison with other groups found on planet)
D). Moss:
A ground plant with relatively no height. Grows ouward, over a surface area. Spft texture.

Surface Growing Plants
A) flat (1)
B) bushy (2)

Within the small plants:
A) grasses-a plant that grows in an individual strand
B) weeds--a small plant that has a stem which is the base for other growth such as leaves, buds, or flowers.

Small Plants
A) grasses- 1) thin i) long, thin, green waxy clusters (1)
2) thick i) leaf like one stem branches out (2)

B) weeds- 1) seeds i) loose seeds (12)
ii) grouped soft seeds (13)
2) cloved i) ridged leaves (6)
ii) smooth leaves (7)
3) vine-like i) tall (5)
ii) stuck to ground (11)
4) wide leafed i) tall (9)
ii) close to ground (3)
iii) spiky leafed (15)
iv) lettuce like leaves (17)
v) spotted (14)
5) flowered i) one stem with multiple flowers (8)
ii) with oval leaves (19)
iii) one flower (10)
6) buds i) long and stubbly (4)

Medium Plants
A) Bushes- 1) non leafed (4)
2) leafed i) needle-like (2)
ii) oval shaped a) large (1)
b) small (3)

Big Plants
A) Trees- 1) rough bark (1)
2) smooth bark (2)

Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Classifying Plants
Date:  2002-09-18 14:24:51
Message Id:  2752
Will Carroll, Michele Doughty, Diana La Femina

A. Plant has continuous root system:
---a.If plant has clover-shaped leaves.
----------1.Small clovers with round leaves, green, very close to ground
----------2.Large clovers, green

---b.If plants have individual blades:
----------1.Thick blades
--------------------i. Thicker grass plant, green
--------------------ii. Broad leaf grass plant, green, very close to ground in clusters
--------------------iii. Spiny grass plant, green
---------------------iv..Cluster of broad, spikey leaves with deep cuts into the sides, close to the ground with basically no stem

----------2. Thin blades
--------------------i. Really thin (gossamer) grass plant, yellowish
--------------------ii. Thin grass plant, green
--------------------iii. Tall, thin grass with alternate thicker blades at 90 degree angles

B. If plants have individual roots:
--a. If plant has soft exterior
----1. Spikey leaves
----------i. Small plant with three spikey, green, tear-drop shaped leaves all at the top of the stem of the same plant
----------ii. Small plant with four spikey, green, tear-drop shaped leaves with red spots, all at the stem of the same plant
----------iii. Small plant with five spikey, green, tear drop shaped leaves all at the stem of the same plant

----2. Tear-drop shaped leaves
----------i.Compound leaves
----------------Small, fern-like, double compounded plant
----------ii. non-compound leaves
----------------* non-flowering
----------------------Tear drop shaped, lopsided leavesm, three on a cluster on each stalk
----------------------Six inch tall plant with a thick, red-striped stalk, alternate branches and two small leaves at the base of a really big leaf
---------------* Flowering
----------------------very thin leaved and stalked with whorled leaves. Flowers were small, whitish and ball-like

----3. Spade shaped leaves
---------i. spade shaped small, single-leaved plant, lighter green in color

--b. If plants have hard exterior (bark)
----1. branches originate at base of plant
--------i. needles
-------------Seven foot bush with thin needles at the end of branches, very small base but branches spawl
--------ii. leaves
----------waxy leaves
--------------Six foot bush with small, round, waxy leaves and red berries
----------non-waxy leaves
--------------similar to six foot bush in shape but leaves were longer and broader and no berries or wax coating. There were small bunches of leaves.

----2. branches originate above the base
--------i. star shaped leaves
--------------Tree with star-shaped leaves
--------ii. tear shaped leaves
--------------Tree with tear-drop shaped leaves

C. Un/Classified
----1. Moss, flat on the ground, with a dark base but small, green-tipped spongey tecture
----2. Appears to be a small tree, but did not know how to classify it until it matures to full size- Five-point leaf with two small points at the base of three more pronounced points

Username:  Anonymous
Subject:  Classification
Date:  2002-09-18 14:34:19
Message Id:  2753

Erin Myers, Diana DiMuro, and Brie Farley

This classification should be used only on Planet Courtyard. It is created from our discoveries.

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