Raw resources are the most common type of resource in Ark and are used for everything. You'll need to know what these resources are, how to find them, and how to effeciently harvest them. Many resources can be harvested by hand or hand tool, but often there is a Dino that is specialized for the collection or production of the resource you are looking for.
Processed resources are those resources that are created when one or more raw resources are processed. While this may sound simple enough, there are many ways that this process can be sped up or simplified. There are even a few Dinos that produce these resources naturally and knowing which ones can make life a lot easier.
While Plant Species X is not exaclty a resource, it is not your standard crop either. It's seeds can only be found in the wild, and it only becomes a viable defensive mechanism once you have grown it to maturity in a Large Crop Plot. But where to find the seeds? What do you need to do to grow them? And what can they do once they are mature. These questions are all answered and there are some GPS and Map Locations where you can find Plant Species X in the wild to harvest a ton of seeds.
Rare Flowers can only be found in a few locations on the Ark. They are used in a few of the Rockwell Recipes and can be very difficult to collect in quantity. Unless you know where to look that is.
Rare Mushrooms are another resource that can only be found in a few locations on the Ark. These are used in a few of the Rockwell Recipes and can be difficult to collect in quantity. But knowing where to look does help!