Plants and fungi in the field

Week 1

Day 1

Ecosystems: Introduction to concept [linked to powerpoint presentation]

Plants and fungi


Floral structures and terminology

Assignment: Describe parts of four flowers as indicated by the hand out.

Day 2

Vegetative structures

Leaf arrangements and structure


Families as a means of organization

Use of keys for identification

Assignment: Leaves

Day 3 Field

Identifying local plants

Local gymnosperms

Making museum quality specimens

Taking proper field notes

Day 4

Northern Utah's top 11 plant families

Asteraceae (222, 53), Poaceae (121, 51), Brassicaceae (71, 45), Cyperaceae (95, 0), Fabaceae (62, 27), Scrophulariaceae (63, 14), Rosaceae (47, 30), Ranunculaceae (43, 7), Boraginaceae (39, 10), Caryophyllaceae (27, 19), Apiaceae (36,4). [numbers in parentheses are "native species, introduced speces"].

Hints on their recognition; Another Web site.

Campus study of available families

Some of vascular plant collection due on Monday, May 16 (welcome earlier)