Urban Barcode Project Team Coffee Biodiversity in NYC
Urban Barcode Project
Research Topic:
Biodiversity & trade
Taxonomic Group Studied:


Indoor Plant Identification
Junice Caminero, Jiussett Caminero, Ivonne Martinez, Catherine Rivas
Frank McCourt High School, Manhattan
Vincent Joralemon


A lot of people buy houseplants because of the decorative aesthetic it brings to a house. When buying a houseplant to care for, the name of it becomes of less importance compared to the sight of the plant. However, many people don’t realize that certain plants are not what they are claimed to be, also known as the mislabeling of plants. This topic interests us because no one really questions the labeling plants. The goal we have is to figure out if certain stores are purposely mislabeling a type of plant. We will be testing these plants from stores like Home Depot, Walmart, and other local plant stores. In this procedure we will be using commonly used houseplants because of how frequent they’re bought. When we purchase these plants we will make sure to store at least 2 leaves in a labeled baggie to avoid the possibility of misplacement.


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