this slaps you in the face with reality
1.everyone eats and wears clothes
2. not everyone is an arborist like? wh
Okay I am a botanist and I can tell you that not all of those leaves are distinctively drawn enough to actually be identifiable. And you CERTAINLY couldn’t identify them to species. Because they are actually really, really shitty drawings of leaves, and so much of plant identification is in the details.
And if you don’t have really good detail of the leaf (and a really intimate familiarity with that particular plant, because it can come down to ‘are the hairs on the mid-vein of the leaf white or pale orange?’) you need to be able to look at the whole plant in order to ID it correctly often times.
I know I complain when my students who have been taking a freaking class on the subject can’t tell the difference between an oak tree and a maple tree, but I would not ask them to try and figure out what these drawings are supposed to represent, because these drawings are TERRIBLE.
Things these could be, clockwise starting at the upper left corner:
1.) Maybe a maple (if they were intending to draw a silver maple) but could also be grape, because it looks way more like a grape leaf than a maple leaf but I’m guessing these are all supposed to be trees. Not that you can use that for ID because ALL YOU GET IS THE LEAF
2.) Ash, or part of a Kentucky Coffee Tree leaf? Or like, half a dozen other temperate species, are you kidding me. Because based on that freaking ‘maple’ leaf, I don’t trust that they’re drawing the proportions of the leaf shapes correctly here
3.) Could be one of a zillion fir OR spruce tree species
4.) this is literally the most generic leaf drawing on the planet what the hell do you know how many species have leaves that look like this answer AN ABSURD NUMBER
5.) Probably intended to be some kind of aspen, cottonwood, or poplar. So…also one of a ridiculous number of species
6.) Probably intended to be one of the species from the white oak group, but impossible to tell which.
Conclusion: when the maple leaf doesn’t really look distinctly like a maple leaf (YOU COULD HAVE USED THE CANADIAN FLAG) and your probably-an-oak leaf looks nothing like the iconic oak leaves everyone sees around, do not try to tell people they should be able to identify them.
Conclusion’s conclusion: stop being an elitist ass.