145-511-VA, Plant Taxonomy
The student must become familiar with major morphological characteristics used in the classification of the principal plant groups ranging from algae and lichens to conifers and flowering plants. The rules of nomenclature, classification, and cataloguing are included.In the field, the techniques of collecting and identification of samples are shown in various terrestrial and aquatic habitats.. The use of keys is particularly emphasized in both laboratory and field settings, especially for dominant plant species which define the plant association, or are important food and cover resources for selected wildlife species.