Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - M16: Buried Treasures: Identifying Plants by their Underground Parts
Course Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Author(s): FireWorks Educational Program
Contact(s):
  • Ilana L. Abrahamson
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
  • Eva Masin
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
Date Created: July 28, 2017
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Keyword(s):
fire survival; roots
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 14, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24557

Description

Lesson Overview: Students examine specimens of nine plant species - grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs - and use a dichotomous key to identify them based on their “buried treasures” - underground parts that can sprout after fire and grow new plants.

Lesson Goal: To increase student understanding that plants have many ways to survive wildland fire and/or reproduce successfully after fire, including underground structures.

Objectives:

  • Students can recognize different kinds of underground plant parts that can sprout new plants (bulb, rhizome, root crown, lignotuber) after fire.
  • Students can use a dichotomous key to determine the species of each one.
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