User:Andreas Plank/Laminatable plates of plants for environmental education (mountain meadows in the Ore Mountains—plant fan of Mountain Ridge Encounters “Kammbegegnungen”)

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by: Andreas Plank
Cooperation with: Natura Miriquidica e.V.
Laminatable plates of plants for environmental education (mountain meadows in the Ore Mountains—plant fan of Mountain Ridge Encounters “Kammbegegnungen”)
Article by Andreas Plank

published: 16:10, 12. March 2018, modified: 19:07, 17. October 2020 (CEST)

Summary: Compilation of 42 laminable plant plates (for A4, high-resolution) following the plant fan “From Arnica to Quaking Grass - mountain meadow plants of the Ore Mountains” (Natura Miriquidica e.V. 2013), as well as research and summary of individual plant characteristics. The plant plates are to be 2-sided: Front (unlabelled) plate and back with species names, plant specialities, usage and nature conservation information.

Key words: plant plates, determination, environmental education, grassland plants, Ore Mountains

Open issues:

Help & sustain: Please support the project financially for the completion of the 42 high resolution plant plates of mountain meadow plants of the Ore Mountains for work in the field of nature conservation, including research of plant characteristics, usage and nature conservation information. Estimated working time 6-9 months, 6000–9000 € & material costs ≈ 50-100 €.
Direct support (, achieved so far: 2000 + 368,22 € 30% financed

Project Details

The plant fan “From Arnica to Quaking Grass - Mountain Meadow Plants of the Ore Mountains” (Natura Miriquidica e.V. 2013) comprises 42 mountain meadow plants, but there are only a few high quality colour plates of the plants, which can also be printed in high resolution on A4. From old books there are high-quality colour plates (Sturm & Sturm 1796; Thomé & Müller 1885ff.; Köhler & Müller 1887; Köhler & Müller 1890; Fuchs et al. 1542), which have yet yellowed backgrounds and often have not yet been devised in high resolution. Often there are inferior, unfavorably color-corrected picture plates or they are available only in lower resolution on Wikimedia Commons for example.

These 42 coloured plant plates should be made publicly accessible, with the background that they can be used for environmental education, e.g:

  • as a determination game, guess of determination (the picture plate is always without species name)
  • for assigning collected plants
  • to compare similar plants, possibilities of confusion
  • as a memory game with the task e.g. to look at 5 plant plates for 30 seconds, in order to then find these plants on the meadow from of memory only
  • helpful in finding and preparing wild herb mixtures for the wild kitchen etc.

Typical Progress of Work of the Image Processing

Pflanzenfächer „Von Arnika bis Zittergras - Bergwiesenpflanzen des Erzgebirges“ (Natura Miriquidica e.V. 2013) - Seite 049 - 157x300.png Page of the plants fan
Illustration Dianthus deltoides0.jpg
(1.) find original in high resolution, if there is no optimal color corrected image yet (here 2 species were wrongly included in the plant fan)
(2.) Create an optimal (but time-consuming) background mask for the division of colors to get best color corrections
Illustration Dianthus deltoides0-HG-Maske.jpg
Illustration Dianthus deltoides1.jpg
(3.) Color reconstruction
Example of unfavorably reconstructed colors (the colors remain slightly yellowish: background (brown to yellow) was considered only as average beige. Lighter colored petals appear in yellowish pink.)
optimally reconstructed colors by considering the background color gradient brown-to-yellow: color division of the background mask with the yellowed original image. Paler painted petals appear as pink without yellowing.
Illustration Dianthus deltoides0-clean.jpg
Illustration Dianthus deltoides clean-reconstucted.jpg
(4.) Correction of the image error & reconstruction
reconstructed and cut out image plate (Dianthus carthusianorum L. on the left side was removed, stalk was reconstructed)
the same illustration but without species labels
Illustration Dianthus deltoides clean-reconstucted no description.jpg

Example Plant Plate Arnica montana. L.—Arnica

Here an example for a compact representation of the plant information for the picture board of the protected Arnica

Work Status: List of Processed Plates

Pflanzennamen im Original-Fächer und ihr Bearbeitungsstand (siehe auch Pflanzentafeln von Natura Miriquidica e.V.):
The German Plant Name Scientific Plant Name on page Bearbeitungsstand
Processing Status
Arnika Arnica montana L. 6 finished finished
Acker-Knautie Knautia arvensis (L.) Coult. 26 finished finished
Ährige Teufelskralle Phyteuma spicatum L. 5 finished finished
Alantdistel Cirsium heterophyllum (L.) Hill 24 finished finished
Bärwurz Meum athamanticum Jacq. 2 finished finished
Berg-Hartheu Hypericum montanum L. 8 finished finished
Blutwurz Potentilla erecta (L.) Raeusch. 14 finished finished
Borstgras Nardus stricta L. 38 finished finished
Echter Ehrenpreis Veronica officinalis L. 28 finished finished
Feld-Hainsimse Luzula campestris (L.) DC. 31 finished finished
Frauenmantel Alchemilla vulgaris L. 42 finished finished
Gemeine Schafgarbe Achillea millefolium L. 3 finished finished
Gemeiner Thymian Thymus pulegioides L. 20 finished finished
Gemeines Zittergras Briza media L. 34 finished finished
Gewöhnliche Kreuzblume Polygala vulgaris L. 29 finished finished
Gewöhnliches Ruchgras Anthoxanthum odoratum L. 33 finished finished
Großer Wiesenknopf Sanguisorba officinalis L. 23 finished finished
Heide-Nelke Dianthus deltoides L. 15 finished finished
Heidelbeere Vaccinium myrtillus L. 30 finished finished
Hornklee Lotus corniculatus L. 7 finished finished
Kleiner Klappertopf Rhinanthus minor L. 10 finished finished
Knolliger Hahnenfuß Ranunculus bulbosus L. 12 finished to do
Kuckuckslichtnelke Silene flos-cuculi (L.) Greuter & Burdet 16 finished to do
Margerite Leucanthemum vulgare Lam. 4 finished work in progress
Rot-Klee Trifolium pratense L. 18 finished to do
Rot-Schwingel Festuca rubra L. 36 finished to do
Rote Lichtnelke Silene dioica (L.) Clairv. 17 finished to do
Rundblättrige Glockenblume Campanula rotundifolia L. 25 finished to do
Sauerampfer Rumex acetosa L. 41 finished to do
Spitz-Wegerich Plantago lanceolata L. 32 finished finished
Stattliches Knabenkraut Orchis mascula (L.) L. 21 finished to do
Trollblume Trollius europaeus L. 13 finished to do
Tüpfel-Hartheu Hypericum perforatum L. 9 finished to do
Vogel-Wicke Vicia cracca L. 27 finished finished
Wald-Schlüsselblume Primula elatior (L.) Hill 11 finished to do
Wald-Storchschnabel Geranium sylvaticum L. 19 finished to do
Wiesen-Bärenklau Heracleum sphondylium L. 1 finished finished
Wiesen-Goldhafer Trisetum flavescens (L.) P. Beauv. 40 finished to do
Wiesen-Kammgras Cynosurus cristatus L. 35 finished finished
Wiesen-Knöterich Bistorta officinalis Delarbre 22 finished to do
Wiesen-Rispengras Poa pratensis L. 39 finished finished
Wolliges Honiggras Holcus lanatus L. 37 finished fertig