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Samar Aryani, Catrina Mueller, Kate Gould

On Nearer, we identified seven different types of plant life, with differences in size, color of foliage, bark texture and color, foliage of shape, and clustering of foliage.
Plants, according to observations we made on Earth, protrude from a foundation, use light, water, and nutrients for energy, and have some kind of foliage. The way in which we categorized our observations were done by using different characteristics found from the plants. We started our observations with the smaller plant-life and moved to the larger plants. Among the smaller plants were three distinct examples. The first being approximately five to six inches tall, dark green in color, and dense in population. The foliage had approximately eleven to twelve leaf-like objects per cluster. The foliage had a wax-like feeling and there was a vein-like design on each leaf. This specimen was found in the shade and protruded from a dirt-like substance. The next specimen we found was approximately six inches tall and the foliage was delicate and soft to the touch with scalloped leaves. This, as well, was found in the shade from a vine in a dirt-like substance. The third smaller specimen was at the very most one inch long in height. It was very densely populated and clumped in small groups. It seemed to spread across most of the planet. The foliage was long, fibrous, green blades with parallel veins that grew upward. This specimen grew in the shade as well as in the sunlight.
The larger plants that we found consisted of four distinct specimen. The first being a plant with large stalks that were characterized by zebra-like markings. The stalk split into many smaller stalks and from the stalks were foliage. The foliage was yellowish-green and each leaf-like object as about the size of two quarters in diameter. The plant was approximately twelve to fifteen feet tall. The second specimen was similiar to the first specimen but the bark on this plant was bumpy and dotted. The leaves, as well, were different in that they were long, pointy ovals. There were small red-colored flowers sprouting at random on the branch-like objects. This plant as well protruded from the dirt-like substance and was approximately twelve to fifteen feet tall. The third specimen was four to five feet in diamater and at least fifty feet tall. It came out of the dirt-like substance and it had light gray/brown bark with lighter streaks throughout. As one looked upward on the stalk, the design seemed to grow wavy and criss-crossed in nature. The main stalk split about one-fourth of the way up the tree and the leaves were clustered in groups of three. The foliage was green in color. The final specimen was approximately thirty feet tall with individual blade-like leaves, clustered, resembled that of tree number two but more rigid and dark green. The leaves at the top of the tree were brown and gold, perhaps from sun exposure. The bark was scaly, and gold, dark brown, and gray in color.
Therefore, it can be concluded that we had two main categories based on size and these categories branched off into sub-categories that described the plants in more detail.

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