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.