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FAMILY GUIDE to WILDFLOWERS

LIST OF CHARACTERS

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Other resources: Keys to the Wisconsin Compositae (Asters) by Dr. Robert Kowal

Plant Habit
   Chlorophyll absent (parasites or saprophytes)
 

Hairs / Spines / Thorns/Tendrils
Hairs stinging
 Spiny stems or leaves
Tendrils

Sap 
Milky     Watery

Inflorescences (flower clusters)
  .
 
Flowers
 Regular Irregular  Pea-like Slightly irregular

Red/Pink Blue/Purple Yellow Orange Green/Brown White
Flower's colored parts
 (can be petals and/or sepals)

0 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12
  > 12 but <100   > 100
All separate Joined
Joined only at bottom

Leaf shape / arrangement
Leaves grass or sword-like
3 leaflets

4 or more palmate leaflets)

Leaves simple (1 per leaf stem)
Leaves compound (> 2 per leaf stem)
4 or more pinnate leaflets
 

Leaves arrangement
Leaves opposite or whorled
Leaves alternate 

Leaves peltate  Basal

 

Leaf Edges
  Leaves or leaflets without any lobes or teeth
  Leaves or leaflets lobed or feathery
Leaves or leaflets toothed

Fruit (seed container, i.e. Pea Pod)
Fruit a capsule (enclosed in container, i.e. pea pod)
Fruit a nut (large, hard container)
Fruit fleshy (berry, drupe, pome)
Fruits with wings
Fruits with hairs for dispersal by wind
Fruits prickly with hooks or spines
Fruit with 1 seed (i.e. Cherry)
Fruit with more than 2 seeds (i.e. Apple)

Seeds
Seeds with wings
Seeds with hairs for dispersal by wind


         
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