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Medicinal plant research
Medicinal plant research

This challenge was completed by 120 grade 10 Life Science pupils. Various indigenous waterwise (xerophytic plant) were collected and displayed in each laboratory. Each pupil investigated how each plant is structurally suited to conserve water and filled in the information in a table provided. A class discussion was had on features that make indigenous plants suited to conditions in South Africa.

A selection of hydrophytes were also on display in the lab. Pupils also investigated how each hydrophyte is structurally suited to live in water. The table provided was also completed. A class discussion was then held comparing the different adaptations needed by xerophytes and hydrophytes.

In groups, pupils then researched, using their tablets, the medicinal uses of various South African medicinal indigenous plants found at Danville. Firstly, teachers gave a power point presentation of the medicinal plants at Danville so that pupils could recognise the plants. Pupils then went on a tour of the Danville gardens to find the medicinal plants. Other water wise indigenous plants were also pointed out during the tour. Each group was then given a template to complete on their research findings. (The template required pupils to draw a picture of a different medicinal plant and write something about each – the name, what medicinal uses does this plant have, what parts of the plant are used and how the part is used) A collage was made of the research findings on medicinal properties and a discussion was had in each class. Pupils were amazed at how many of Danville’s indigenous plants had medicinal uses. The school has a policy of mainly planting indigenous plants.


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