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User Notes and Contact Information

   This leaf key was designed for the Moharimet Elementary School Day of the Forest, November 2002.

   You are welcome to use the key.  It was designed to be used with a specific sample set of leaves. I left that sample set at the school. It could be duplicated by collecting sample leaves from the list below. 
   My samples included the twig and leaf to show the attachment because this is sometimes necessary to decide whether the leaf is a simple or compound leaf and whether its attachment is opposite or alternate.
   I also laminated the leaves to cardstock and placed a number on the back so that it would match the number on an answer page. When you get to the answer page you will see a ?.  Put the cursor on the ? and see if the answer matches the number on the back of your sample. 
   If you find a problem or difficulty in the key’s use, feel free to let me know.  Perhaps I can make a change to make it easier for the children to use.
   If you have comments or suggestions you can contact me at

Leaf List

Deciduous species


Coniferious species

Beech    [Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.]


Eastern hemlock    [Tsuga canadensis L.]

Bigtooth aspen   [Prunus serotina Ehrh.]


Pitch pine   [Pinus resinosa Ait.]

Black birch    [Betula lenta L.]


Red cedar    [Junperus virginiana L.]

Black cherry   [Prunus serotina Ehrh.]


White cedar    [Thuja occidentalis L.]

Flowering dogwood    [Coruns florida L.]


White pine   [Pinus strobus L.]

Gray birch   [Prunus serotina Ehrh.]



Red maple    [Acer rubrium L.]



Red oak    [Quercus rubra L.]



Shagbark hickory [Carya ovata (Mill) K. Koch.]



Staghorn sumac   [Rhus typhina L.]



Sugar maple    [Acer saccharum Marsh.]



White ash    [Fraxinus americana L.]



White oak    [Quercus alba L.]



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