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Naturalist Notebook 

November 16, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!
(Pictured below, really close up!)

Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences.

Can you guess what it is? Here are some hints:

  • This specimen is native to Mexico and Central America but can now be found on every continent except for Antarctica.
  • Different types of this specimen can be from 3 ft (0.9 m) to 20 ft (6 m) tall.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, Nov. 20th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this specimen. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 12:25 pm


  1. Corn

    Comment by Dalles — November 17, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

  2. Kelp???

    Comment by Jorge Lehr — November 17, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

  3. Is it corn?

    Comment by Nichole — November 17, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

  4. bamboo is my guess

    Comment by Nancy Silverrod — November 17, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  5. Maize?

    Comment by C.Ray — November 18, 2011 @ 12:50 am

  6. Thanks for all of your great guesses! The specimen this week was flint corn (Zea mays indurata). It is also sometimes referred to as Indian corn. To learn more about corn, check out the following websites:

    We’ll have another “Spotlight On…” challenge soon, but in the meantime, see if you can tell us who pooped.

    Comment by nature — November 20, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

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