PNATura CARDS: what do we know about plants?

God is Green


What do we know about plants?

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God is Green è la rubrica [Home Edition] sui temi della sostenibilità e del futuro green a cura di PNAT. Ogni domenica alle 16:00.


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Each plant adapts itself to its environment by developing unusual and ingenious survival tactics. Some plants grow without soil, there are freshwater plants which can grow on the floor of the sea, and there are even many types of carnivorous plants, each of which has a unique strategy for capturing prey. Some plants need a lot of water, others are able to store it inside their leaves, and still others survive in the desert with hardly any water at all.

This week we created a set of cards to print that will help you discover the world of plants through play. Pictures and descriptions of plants are on the front of the cards, and on the backs are a logo. To obtain your set, print the file back/front, or print the backs and fronts separately and glue them together afterwards. Cut out each card following the dotted lines.



These cards were created to reinforce our knowledge about plants and familiarise us with their characteristics. There are two types of cards: picture cards and description cards. Each plant image corresponds to a description. Each card pair is marked with a square of the same colour.

Playing suggestions

Depending on the players’ ages and imaginations, the cards can be used for multiple games. Here are two examples.


1. Lay out the image cards face-up, and make a deck of description cards. Player 1 takes the deck and reads the description of the plant to the other players who must guess what the corresponding image is. The correct guesser wins the pair and the deck, and reads the description for Round 2. Whoever has the most cards wins.


2. Memory: spread all the cards on the table face-up, and memorise their positions. Once all the cards have been viewed, turn the cards over so that the logo is facing up. Each player takes turns flipping over two cards: if a player gets a match, he/she wins those cards and takes another turn. Otherwise, the cards must be flipped over again and the next player takes a turn. The player with the most cards wins.


PNAT è uno spin off accademico dell’Università di Firenze che si propone come punto d’incontro tra ricerca sperimentale sul mondo vegetale e design sostenibile co-fondato dai biologi Stefano Mancuso (Direttore LINV – Laboratorio Internazionale di Neurobiologia Vegetale) Elisa Azzarello, Camilla Pandolfi e Elisa Masi, e i designer Antonio Girardi e Cristiana Favretto.

Guidato dal neurobiologo vegetale Stefano Mancuso, PNAT ha realizzato in B9 il primo prototipo della Fabbrica dell’Aria, un dispositivo in grado di depurare l’aria all’interno degli spazi sfruttando la capacità naturale delle piante di assorbire e degradare gli inquinanti atmosferici.

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