Ethnobotany field final

The ethnobotany class ends with an in the field final examination where students identify plants across the campus by Latin name, local name, and local use. I had walked the route at noon and pre-selected the plants that would be on the final.

16:14, six minutes prior to the final start, light rain to the east

This term the class toured campus in a clockwise circle designed to bring the class back to the A101 classroom. The class headed west to the LRC to plant number one, Ponapea ledermanniana. Then the class went south past to Centella asiatica to pick up Piper methysticum.

Austin, Regina, Heather, Nagsia, and Junida, Aimina

 The class then went north through the long grass to a location with Lycopodiella cernua.


Alexander, Suzanne with (blurry) Lycopodiella cernua

Heather, Junida, Glenn DeShawn, Donovan

Field conditions are suboptimal for test taking. Optimally I would walk with each individual student to have them explain the plants in a field oral examination. That would take 23 hours and then some. The class operates on an honor system.


Junida in the lead coming out of the ethnobotanical garden

Junida and Aimina

During the hikes there are students who are consistently on lead while others consistently lag at the back of the group. 

Regina, Suzanne

The class, strung out along the road

Volkameria inermis, previously known as Clerodendrum inerme

Nagsia, Regina, and Aimina, typical lead students on outings, work to identify Scaevola taccada

At 17:30 the class heads back to A101 to wrap up their writing for the final

The field final took just over an hour.


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