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BOTAN 113 Plant Identification & Classification • 6 Cr.




Covers the nomenclature, classification, field study, and laboratory identification of common plant families, with emphasis on the conspicuous flora of Western and Central Washington. Format includes fieldwork, including two full-day trips to Central Washington.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between systematic botany, the taxonomic system, nomenclature, and documentation through a review of the literature.
  • Produce a herbarium label following the standard format.
  • Recognize and use terminology related to plant identification.
  • List the characteristics used in fern identification.
  • List the characteristics used in flowering plant identification.
  • Recognize plant families using flower characteristics.
  • Demonstrate a facility with relevant floras and field guides.
  • Use a diagnostic key to identify plants.
  • Identify 70 plants by family, Latin binomial and common name in a final exam using sight identification and a flora.
  • Locate, key and correctly identify any native or established plant with the aid of a regional flora.
  • Identify plant structures (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds) and determine their functions based on their morphology.
  • Explain the functional significance of differences in plant organ structure with regard to environmental influences.
  • Distinguish between various pollination mechanisms using floral characteristics.
  • Describe the ecological, anatomical and morphological significance of species interactions and interrelationships.
  • Infer the environmental conditions of the ecosystem in which a species occurs based on morphological characteristics of the plant.
  • Evaluate the ecological and cultural significance of native habitats.
  • Evaluate the role of sustainability in relation to interdependence, interconnectedness, biodiversity and ecosystem integrity.
  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of the native flora of the Northwest bioregion and the value of that flora.



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