Plant Identification teaches the basics of plant classification, growth requirements, and plant uses. Students will learn key plant structures, and how to use tools such as dichotomous keys, identification manuals, and binomial naming systems to accurately identify plants. By exploring a wide range of plant material students will begin to learn about the basic requirements and cultural practices involved in caring for plants including planting, pruning, fertilizing, and other routine maintenance procedures. Students will also be taught about cultivars and the difference between native and non-native, benign and invasive species.
By the end of this course, the learner should be able to:
- Plant Names and Classification
- The Evolution of Plants: Learning Plants by Family
- Anatomy: Stems, Roots, Leaves, Reproductive Tissue
- Botanical Keys and Herbaria
- Herbaceous Plants: Annuals, Perennials, Biennials Part 1
- Herbaceous Plants: Annuals, Perennials, Biennials Part 2
- Woody Ornamentals
- Turf & Vines
- Indoor Plants
- Aquatic Plants
- Vegetables & Edible Plants
- Plant Identification & Horticulture: bringing it all together
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Please note that assignment items and weights are subject to change.