Ask a Question forum: What Does This Symbol Mean? (Field Guide)

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Southern Ontario, Canada
Jan 23, 2018 7:00 PM CST
In field guides (usually on the same page as the sketches) are symbols/fractions such as "X 1/2" or "X 1/4", etc. I was never sure what these meant and the book does not mention it either, I've read the few I have front to back. I assumed it was some sort of a scale so 1/4 would mean the drawing is 1/4 the size of the real deal, but I never found out for sure nor tested it myself. I feel pretty embarrassed that I do not know this. Please enlighten me :)
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Jan 23, 2018 7:46 PM CST
I think your interpretation is correct.
Name: Bill
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Jan 24, 2018 5:15 AM CST
The image drawn is 1/4 of normal size or 1/2. You are right.
If a seed pod is normally two inches long, the botanical sketch would be one half inch.
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