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Student Project 3 : Botany on Victoria Peak
學 生 習 作 3 : 太 平 山 植 物 學

         
A leisure walk or field trip along Lugard Road and Harleck Road on Victoria Peak can be very relaxing and enjoyable. Students can go there by tram at the tram terminal on Garden Road, by bus No. 15 at Exchange Square or No. 15B at Tin Hau MTR Station, and minibus No. 1 nearby Edinburgh Square.
Field Manual
野 外 手 冊
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Project No. 3 is a "crash course" on botany, the botany as found on Victoria Peak.
         
Students are suggested to
         
  (a) look for the plants that demonstrate certain features and functions,
  (b) take a photo of the plant or plant parts concerned or a photo of the student standing next to or touching the plant (but not detaching or picking any plant part), and
  (c) summarise the features or functions in short phrases or use them as captions for the photos. When finished, students can submit their reports and photos to < webmaster@hkflora.com > or send them to Hong Kong Flora and Vegetation Team, Department of Biology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong. We shall arrange to have them loaded on the website.
         
Reports should include:
         
  a) School name
  b) Teacher and student names
  c) Date, and
  d) Report and photos
         
Here is a list of the subjects that could be covered (as much as possible) and students are welcome to add any other relevant topics:
         
  A) Plant Biodiversity:
    (a) a virus or viral infection,
    (b) an alga,


Alga

    (c) a lichen,
    (d) a fungus,
    (e) a bryophyte,
    (f) a fern,
    (g) a gymnosperm,
    (h) a dicotyledon angiosperm, and
    (i) a monocotyledon angiosperm.
       
  B) Plant Forms
    1) Habits
      Find an example of
      (a) a herb,
      (b) a shrub,
      (c) a tree,
      (d) a vine, and
      (e) an epiphyte.
         
    2) Plant Parts
      Find an example of
      (a) a root,
      (b) an aerial root (e.g. Ficus elastica 印度橡樹),
       

Ficus elastica
(印度橡樹)

Casuarina equisetifolia
(木麻黃)
      (c) a buttress root (e.g. Casuarina equisetifolia 木麻黃),
      (d) a stem,
      (e) a simple leaf,
      (f) a compound leaf,
      (g) a flower,
      (h) a fruit, and
      (i) a seed.
         
  C) Plant Functions
    1) Photosynthesis
      Find an example of
      (a) a green leaf, and
      (b) a variegated leaf (e.g. Coleus scutellarioides 洋紫蘇).


Coleus scutellarioides
(洋紫蘇)

         
    2) Protection
      Find an example of
      (a) a spiny or thorny stem,
      (b) a hairy stem or leaf, and
      (c) a poisonous plant (e.g. Alocasia macrorrhiza 海芋 which contains needle-shaped oxalate crystals that would cause swelling and inflammation in the mouth, if eaten raw)


Alocasia macrorrhiza
(海芋)

    3) Reproduction
      Find an example of
      (a) fern sorus,
      (b) Selaginella (卷柏) cone or strobilus,


Selaginella (卷柏)

      (c) an insect-pollinated flower (e.g. most flowers with coloured petals),
      (d) a wind-pollinated flower (e.g. grasses), and
      (e) vegetative growth.
    4) Dispersal
      Find an example of
      (a) animal dispersal (e.g. fleshy, colourful fruits or fruits with spines),
      (b) wind dispersal, and
      (c) water dispersal (e.g. gemmae in the liverwort Marchantia 地錢).


Marchantia (地錢)

  D) Plant Ecology
    1) Soil
      Observe the difference in the diversity and abundance of plants between cut slopes newly constructed and those constructed several years ago.
    2) Shade, Humidity, and Direction
      Note the difference in the type of plants found between slopes facing north and south, and the conditions of plants growing on dry locations as compared to those in wet locations
    3) Weeds in disturbed habitats
      Check how frequent weeds (e.g. Mikania micrantha 薇甘菊) could be found.


Mikania micrantha
(薇甘菊)

Mikania micrantha
(薇甘菊)

    4) Plant-Animal Interaction
      Find examples of pollination and dispersal being conducted by animals, or insectivorous plants, if any.

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