Thursday, March 12, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
This is the syllabus for tomorrow's plant identification class. The class runs for four Fridays this month, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 and 3/27. There's still time to register for this class, or you can register at the door. Hope to see you there.
Frank McDonough, L.A. Arboretum Botanical Information Consultant
Office phone: 626 821-3236
Office hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9:00-10:00 a.m.; 3:00-4:30 p.m. Please call or e-mail me as sometimes I am out in the field (a common botanist’s excuse).
Website: http://laarboretumplantid.blogspot.com/ Course materials will be posted online.
Prerequisites: A willingness to stare at very small things for more than a minute.
Meeting time and place: Lecture/Lab Friday 1:30-4:00 p.m. Education Greenhouse Classroom
Course Description: Key and description driven plant classification and taxonomy with emphasis on identifying orders and families, and using web resources in able to identify non-native horticultural plants with or without knowledge of their origin or provenance.
Goals of course:
· To familiarize you with the Arboretum collection in terms of the identification of plants in it and the relationship of those plants to other plants in the same family and order.
· To give you an introduction to the terminology of plant organs and structures, and how you can use this knowledge to identify unknown plants.
· When you are finished with this course you will never look at plants the same way ever again.
Required texts: How to Identify Plants, H.D. Harrington and W. Durrell
Required Equipment: Lighted 10-15x hand lens, or non-lighted lens and a bright headlamp, scalpel (will have one to share first class), gloves if needed (may be provided), wipes, dissecting needle (nice to have but not necessary)
Introduction to Taxonomy, Plant Classification Hierarchy, Flower and Inflorescence Terms
Mint family, Acanthus family, Magnolia family, Poppy family, Grass tree family and possibly others TBD
Leaves and Surfaces Terms
Roots and Stems Terms
Using Order to ID Unknown Families, Using the Internet to ID Plants
Below are links to plants I mentioned in the 3/4/2015 class on newly introduced plant product foods:
- Kalettes, Broccoflower And Other Eye-Popping Vegetables For 2015 : The Salt : NPR
- From Broccoli Leaves to Kalettes, New Vegetables to Cook and Grow in 2015 | Susie Middleton
- Wood Sorrel, A Woodland Plant With FlavorEat The Planet | Eat The Planet
- Unusual Vegetables. Oka.
- How to Grow Oca (New Zealand Yams) | Thompson & Morgan
- Oxalis tuberosa "Oca" - Buy Online at Annie's Annuals & Perennials
- Pacific Bulb Society | Oxalis tuberosa
- 2015 NGB New Varieties: vegetables
- Rediscovering the Lost Crops of the Incas - NYTimes.com
- Lost Crops of the Incas
- Lost Crops of the Incas: Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation
- Radix: Crap Crops of the Incas: my on-off-on affair with Andean root crops 4) Pachyrhizus - ahipa useless junk?
- Radix: Crap Crops of the Incas: My on-off-on affair with high altitude Andean root crops 1) Oca
- Radix: Crap Crops of the Incas: My on-off-on affair with high altitude Andean root crops 3) Mashua
- Radix: Dioscorea japonica
- Wetting the Beds: Ulluco: Crop of the future or Inca practical joke?
- Ullucus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Papalisa/Ulluco/Ullucus tuberosus | Zoom's Edible Plants
- Ulluco (Ullucus tuberosus) | Cultivariable
- Dioscorea alata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Purple yam (Dioscorea alata)
- Ullucus tuberosus Olluco PFAF Plant Database
- Plants Profile for Dioscorea bulbifera (air yam)
- Air potato | Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
- Ahipa (Pachyrhizus ahipa [Wedd.] Parodi): an alternative legume crop for sustainable production of starch, oil and protein
- Pachyrhizus ahipa (Ahipa) - Practical Plants
- Amaranthus caudatus Love Lies Bleeding PFAF Plant Database
- Quinoa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- The International Year of Quinoa | Global 3000 - YouTube
- Quinoa History and Nutrition - Superfoods - YouTube
- Yacón - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- All About Yacon: What It Is, and What It May Do for Weight Loss - ABC News
- Yacon - Peruvian Ground Apple growing information
- Raintree Nursery for Yacon Plants
- Yacon and Oca from Nichols Garden Nursery - Fine Seeds & Herbs for the Gardener Cook
- Yacon* (Polymnia sonchifolia) potted plant, organic
- Samphire Seeds
- Shungiku Seeds
- Quinoa Seeds
- Mizuna Seeds
- Lamb's Quarters
- Job's Tears Seed
- Camelina Seeds
- Bitter Melon Seeds
- Amaranth Seeds
- Yacon for Sale
- mashua, yacon, oca: growing edible andean tubers, with help from peace seedlings - A Way To Garden
- Yacon | Eat The Weeds and other things, too
- Moonridge Farms Yacon
- Pouteria lucuma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- View crop
- LUCUMA Pouteria obovata (Lucuma obovata)
- 10 ancient grains to watch: from kamut to quinoa
- Plukenetia volubilis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Eragrostis tef - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Is Teff The New Superfood?