Start with the letters on the back side of the card. Use the alphabet to convert the numbers to letters. You should find ‘mywildflowerscomindentifyasp’. Don’t forget the symbols though. The dot are quite straightforward, but the line is a bit more difficult. It is a ‘slash’ symbol, as is common in URL’s. Combining all that, we find the link www.mywildflowers.com/identify.asp.
If you try to translate the text above the flowers at the front, you will find that it is Latin and means ‘a list with the names of flowers’. The ‘1’ is a superscript for the word ‘names’. Therefore, you should take the first letter of the names of the flowers in Latin.
Move to the flower grid on the front of the card and look up the different flowers that you see. Some are a bit more difficult to find than others, for especially the green upright one (top row, 2nd from the left) and the one with the white flowers (right bottom). For those especially you need to use the ‘Cluster Type’ and ‘Leaf Shape’ categories, which can be quite difficult. It is not a shame if you weren’t able to find some of these, this card is the hardest one for a reason. The good answers are the following flowers (in order of appearance): Great Blanket Flower, Philadelphia Fleabane, Yellow Pond Lily, Skunk Cabbage, Orange Hawkweed, Bitter Dock, Basil Balm, Wild Ginger, Spiderwort, Cut Leaf Toothwort and Yucca. Now for the nominibus1. Take the first letter of the Latin names of all these flowers. Respectively, you should end up with G E N S H R M A T D Y. Putting these in the right order, as they appear on the card, you find the text ‘GENSHERMANSTARTATNAMEDAY’.
General Sherman (Gen. Sherman) is the biggest tree of the world, measured by volume. It was named in 1879 after soldier William T. Sherman who served in the American Civil War. The tree is located in California. Previously we found the text ‘GEN SHERMAN START AT NAMEDAY’. Therefore one of those facts is truly important, the year the tree General Sherman received its name. That is the year of 1879. The text ‘start at’ indicates that we should count something. This has a direct link with all the trees on the borders of the card with different ages. You should count the number of annual rings for every tree, and add that to the starting year of 1879. This should give you the following years, starting at the left bottom and moving clockwise: 1900, 1889, 1898, 1889, 1893, 1903, 1885, 1896, 1887 and 1892.
Matching the numbers on the trees to the years you found in the previous step should give you 1900-09281, 1889-09257 and so on. Researching each of these one by one should lead you to the common link, even after just two Google searches. In every year a solar eclipse has occurred. The catalog number of that solar eclipse is the number written on the trees. This is true for every one of the trees, so all of them should lead you to a solar eclipse!
Move to the left bottom corner of the back side of the card. If you read the text in the manner in which trees grow, from the middle outward, than you should read ‘special situations require special communication’. Remember the solar eclipse we found. We are looking for a method of communication that does not require light and works just fine in the dark. We are looking for braille.
You should see the flower grid on the front as a 4-letter braille grid. Flowers with a dark leaf are a version of the black dot. If you work your way through the flowers in this manner, you should find the braille symbols for the letters T, R, E and S.
The brace at the 3rd braille letter-grid can also be found on the back of the card around the medal with ‘2X’ written on it. This indicates that you should duplicate the braille letter with the brace around it. Therefore, the final solution of this card is ‘TREES’.