Learn Plant Taxonomy
Taxonomy is not taught often enough today - a fact widely recognised by those who work with plants at all levels, from tradesmen to professionals - gardeners, landscapers, nurserymen, crop farmers, arborists and others - through to scientists, environmental managers and farmers.
This course fills a very important need, and for those who do it; provides a significant advantage over those who have not properly learned the basics of plant taxonomy.
There are 10 lessons in this course:
Introduction to Taxonomy
Introduction to Plant Taxonomy
Scientific Vs. Vernacular Names
Ranks and Language
Ranks of Classification - KPCOFGS
Genus and Species
International Code of Botanical Nomenclature
The Basic Ideas
Principle of Priority
Recent Changes to the Code
International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants
Taxonomic Name Resolution Service
International Plant Names Index
Trademarks & Patents
Plant Breeders Rights
The Rise of Molecular Data
The Impact of Molecular Data
- Describing Plant Parts
Compound and Simple Leaves
A Key to the Main Types of Fruits
- Recording & Analysing Plant Descriptions
HERBARIA - Collecting and Preserving a Plant
Arranging Plants for Pressing
Pressing Difficult Specimens
The Drying Process
The Problem of Colour
The Law Relating to Plant Collecting
Describing a Plant on Paper
The Equipment You Need
Floral Diagram Technique
Process of Using DNA Barcoding for Plant Identification
Applications of DNA Barcoding
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS (Chemotaxonomy)
- Taxonomic Techniques
The advantages of using keys and their limitations
Using a key
The rules when making a key
Lamiaceae (Simplified Key)
Rules When Writing Couplets
Best Practice Points
Making a key
Why botanical families are so useful when identifying plants
- Primitive Plants
VASCULAR PLANTS or tracheophytes
Vascular Tissue and Why it is Important in Evolution of Life on Earth
A glossary to help you
The Lycopodiopsida (or Lycophytes)
Clubmosses - Plants in the family Lycopodiaceae
Quillworts - Plants in the Family Isoetaceae
Spike Mosses or Lesser Clubmosses – Plants in the Family Selaginellaceae
the euphyllophytes – the seed plants, horsetails, and ferns
The Seed Plants
- Seed Plants
The cycads – 1 order, 3 families, 10 genera, 285 species
Ginkgo - 1 order, 1 families, 1 genus, 1 species
The Gnetidae - 3 orders, 3 families, 3 genera, 71 species
Welwitschiaceae - 1 Genus, 1 Species
Gnetaceae - 1 Genus, 30 Species
The conifers - 3 orders, 6 families, 69 genera, 591 species
The Conifers’ Life History
The Cycads, Ginkgo, and Gnetidae — How they Differ from the Conifers
The Six Families of Conifers
Flowers and Why they are Important in Evolution of Life on Earth
The Flowering Plant’s Life History
The Diversity of Angiosperms
- Phylogeny of Land Plants
Darwin’s Tree of Life Metaphor - The Hidden Bond of Descent
Why Use DNA Sequences for Classification?
The Principle of Monophyly
The Phylogeny of Land Plants
The major changes in flowering plant taxonomy
The End of the Monocot-Dicot Split
Finally, Some Resolution Within the Monocots
Name Changes Resulting from the Increase in Evidence
When Applying the Principle of Monophyly Results in Name Changes
What we can learn from phylogenies
Summary of Important Families
The Monocots — SIGNIFICANT FAMILIES
Aizoaceae (syn. Ficoidaceae)
- Dicotyledons (Part I)
Important Dicot Families
Key to Selected Angiosperm Families
Lower-growing Soft-wooded Plants
- Dicotyledons (Part 2)
Fabaceae - Papilionoideae, Mimosoideae, Caesalpinoideae
- Explain how plants are classified, including both benefits of and contradictions within the scientific system as followed by horticulturists and botanical scientists across different parts of the world
- Examine and describe parts of a plant, both sexual and asexual, at various stages of the plant’s life cycle.
- Process descriptive information about a plant using taxonomic techniques that involve processing that data to create a better understanding and/or record of that information.
- Explain a variety of tools used in taxonomic work.
- Explain the taxonomy of land plants that do not produce seeds.
- Explain taxonomy of a range of significant, seed producing plants, including gymnosperms.
- Explain the relationship between different types of plants (i.e. phylogeny), and how molecular information impacts on this in taxonomic considerations.
- Differentiate between at least 10 different families of monocotyledon plants, through inspection and identification of a range of commonly shared characteristics within that family.
- Differentiate between at least 10 different families of dicotyledon plants which predominantly contain lower growing soft wooded plants or herbs; through inspection and identification of a range of commonly shared characteristics within that family.
- Differentiate between at least 10 different families of dicotyledon plants which predominantly contain woody trees and shrubs; through inspection and identification of a range of commonly shared characteristics within that family.
WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
- For professional development
- To improve employment or career prospects
- To be more successful in business
- Risk management
- Heighten your ability to see and differentiate characteristics in plants
- Identify plants more accurately
- Identify plant names easier