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Nathan Xavier
[Greenhouse One] Intermediate Herbology
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:46

"Hello, Intermediates," Nathan Xavier greeted his final class of this cold Thursday. The greenhouse stayed pretty warm, even in the winter, which he was pretty sure was already here even if the "First Day of Winter" on the calendar wouldn't agree with him on that point for another two weeks. In any case, coming and going to this part of the Labyrinth Gardens was definitely giving the intermediate students plenty of opportunity to practice their warming charms these days.

"Today we are going to begin our unit on cold weather plants." He gave the class a moment to mutter about the weather they'd just had to walk through, then continued, "Plants adapted to living in subzero temperatures tend to be small, hardy, and sport narrow needle-like leaves. In contrast, we saw in the tropical unit earlier this year that tropical plants go for large broad leaves to soak up all that extra sun they get. They don't need to worry about water conservation though. At high altitudes and latitudes, most water is frozen and inaccessible. Plants loose most of their water through their leaves, hence the small needles on cold weather plants. Smaller surface area, so smaller amounts of water loss. That's why desert plants will likewise have small leaves."

He nodded toward the shelves along one wall where a series of boxes were lined up. Each box had a round hole a few inches wide on its front. A darkness spell prevented anyone from seeing what was inside. "Today we have some blind boxes for our hands-on activity. Each one is labeled with a number, in Braille, too," he added for Nevaeh's benefit. "I want each you to take turns sticking your hand in each one, feel the plant, or the cutting from a larger plant, inside - I promise, none of them have cactuses, prickers, or teeth - and guess what kind of climate the plant is native to. Bonus points if you can identify the plant itself. You have thirty minutes for this, and you don't need to go in order, just make sure you clearly mark the box number that corresponds to your guesses. I'll collect your answers at 4:15. You may optionally discuss your conclusions with your friends, but you must each submit your own paper."

OOC: Feel free to make up whatever plants or fungi are in the boxes, provided they can't cause harm to people's hands. There are, at minimum, a palm leaf, a sprig from a fir tree, a petunia (or similar small potted flower), a poinsettia (it is December after all), some tundra grass, a broad tropical leaf, a maple leaf, and the like.

    • Bless this class. - Nevaeh Reed [Aladren], Fri May 5 01:58
      It was times like these (well, it was times like most, really) that being legally blind was rather inconvenient. Nevaeh raised an eyebrow immediately at the explanation of the “blind box”, and she... more
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