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Activity 09: Tongue of Cow

Getting to know the Tongue of Cow

Objective: Getting to know a plant that is common in Cape Verde.
Learning outcomes: Learners are able to observe and describe the plant on the photo in detail and learn to build up a connection to their previous knowledge.
Previous knowledge: None
Duration: 25 minutes
Materials / Conditions: Pictures and internet links provided
Methods / Techniques: Observation, description, creative thinking
Learning subject: Biodiversity / Module I: Introduction to biodiversity / Level: First contact

In the next few minutes you are going to try to find out some informations about one plant in your environment.

Take a look at the pictures.
1. Write down if you have already seen this plant in your environment.
2. Describe the plant and then draw it.
3. People call this plant “lingua de vaca” (eng. Tongue of Cow) – think about the reasons why.
4. Now enter the internet and open this site Tongue of Cow - Taxonomy Find out the plant's scientific name.
5. Go to this website Tongue of Cow - Wikipedia and write down where this flower grows and what this plant used for.
6. What makes this plant so special and worth discussing of?


Fogo-Echium_vulcanorum Echium_vulcanorum

Sources: ; Licences:CC BY-SA 3.0

Possible results / Results:
1. Yes/no
2. It is a tall green shrub with many branches. The stems are covered with many hairs. The leaves are pointed at both ends up to 10 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. The flowers are white and have blue stripes on it.
3. Here, learners are asked to be creative.
4. Echium vulcanorum
5. The Tongue of Cow grows on the top of the volcano called Pico do Fogo in the island of Fogo in Cape Verde and only there - it is an endemic plant. People living there use it as fire wood. Goats eat it.
6. This plant is so special because of its endemic nature. Furthermore it is a threatened plant which has to be well taken care of in order to not become extinct due to human activities in this area. In the end its endemic nature makes it a natural heritage which should be preserved.

Related activities:
* Could you draw some of them? (Module 1 / Activity 2)
* Where do they grow? (Module 2 / Activity 1)
* Are they endemic or not endemic plants? (Module 2 / Activity 1)
* What are the names of the plants? (Module 1 / Activity 2)
* Are they endangered or not? (Module 3 / Activity 1)
* What they are used for? (Module 2 / Activity 1)

Author: Klaus Herrmann

en/learning/courses/subjects/s01/m03/first-contact/a09.txt · Last modified: 2017/03/30 22:42 by kherrmann