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Plant Taxonomy 100 Hours Certificate Course

Plant Taxonomy – 100 Hours Certificate Course

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If you are serious about a career in horticulture, an understanding of Plant Taxonomy and the role it plays in plant identification is essential. This online distance learning Plant Taxonomy course will help you make plant identification much easier.

Plant Taxonomy will help you learn how to develop the ability to systematically determine a plant’s distinctive characteristics, and verify its scientific classification through analytical observation and assessment.

Accurate plant identification is fundamental in not only recognizing poisonous species, it is also, a mandatory requirement for any individual wanting to work as a professional horticulturist.

Plant Identification – Learn the Methodology!

Taxonomy is the term used to describe the science and methodology for naming and classifying organisms or plants. Without an understanding of the rules of plant taxonomy, it would be unwise to select and grow plants.

Taxonomy plays an important role in new plant cultivars for commercial development.

Horticulturists who develop new cultivars should be able to secure their commercial rights and to achieve a return on their investment. Legal systems for such rights exist in most developed countries.

Plant experts throughout the centuries have used various processes to record and study methods to examine the plant data collected. Various procedures include: botanical illustrations and collecting, and maintaining plant varieties for many centuries. Digital photography is what we use today.

Understanding these practices and procedures and the unique significance of each species of plant, are valuable tools for taxonomists.

This Is  A  Topic That All  Who Work With Plants
Should Learn! 

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Lesson Structure:  Plant Taxonomy

There are 10 lessons:

1. Introduction to Taxonomy

  • Introduction to Plant Taxonomy
  • Scientific Vs. Vernacular Names
  • Linnaeus
  • Binomials
  • Uniformity
  • Protein Analysis
  • Ranks and Language
  • Ranks of Classification – KPCOFGS
  • Plant Phyla
  • Plant Families
  • Genus and Species
  • Latin Names
  • Gardener’s Ranks
  • Hybrids
  • Subspecies
  • Varieties
  • Cultivars
  • International Code of Botanical Nomenclature
  • The Basic Ideas
  • Principle of Priority
  • Legitimate Naming
  • 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

2. Describing Plant Parts

  • Habit
  • Stems
  • Hairs
  • Leaves
  • Compound and Simple Leaves
  • Leaf Shapes
  • Leaf Margins
  • Leaf Structure
  • Leaf Arrangements
  • Leaf Venation
  • Leaf Modifications
  • Roots
  • Root Modifications
  • Terminology
  • Flowers
  • The Inflorescene
  • Fruits
  • Dry Fruits
  • Fleshy Fruits
  • Compound Fruits
  • A Key to the Main Types of Fruits
  • Terminology

3. Recording & Analysing Plant Descriptions

  • Herbaria – Collecting and Preserving a Plant
  • Fresh Material
  • Arranging Plants for Pressing
  • Pressing Difficult Specimens
  • The Drying Process
  • Herbarium Specimens
  • Photographs
  • The Problem of Colour
  • The Law Relating to Plant Collecting
  • Describing a Plant on Paper
  • The Equipment You Need
  • Botanical illustration
  • Floral Diagrams
  • Floral Diagram Technique
  • Floral Formulae
  • DNA Barcoding
  • Process of Using DNA Barcoding for Plant Identification
  • Applications of DNA Barcoding
  • CHEMICAL ANALYSIS (Chemotaxonomy)

4. 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

5. Primitive Plants

  • The Bryophytes
  • Mosses
  • Liverworts
  • Hornworts
  • 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
  • Horsetails
  • The Ferns

6. Seed Plants

  • The gymnosperms
  • 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
  • The Angiosperms
  • Flowers and Why they are Important in Evolution of Life on Earth
    The Flowering Plant’s Life History
  • The Diversity of Angiosperms

7. Phylogeny of Land Plants

  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Some Surprises
  • Name Changes Resulting from the Increase in Evidence
  • When Applying the Principle of Monophyly Results in Name Changes
  • What we can learn from phylogenies

8. Monocotyledons

  • Summary of Important Families
  • Arecaceae
  • Aizoaceae (syn. Ficoidaceae)
  • Dioscoraceae
  • Liliaceae
  • Orchidaceae
  • Iridaceae
  • Amaryllidaceae
  • Asparagaceae
  • Arecaceae
  • Pontederiaceae
  • Musaceae
  • Bromeliaceae
  • Poaceae
  • Cyperaceae
  • Juncaceae

9. Dicotyledons (Part I)

  • Key to Selected Angiosperm Families
  • Lower-growing Soft-wooded Plants
  • Apiaceae
  • Asteraceae
  • Brasicaceae
  • Cactaceae
  • Crassulaceae
  • Euphorbiaceae
  • Gesneriaceae
  • Lamiaceae
  • Ranunculaceae
  • Solanaceae

10. Dicotyledons (Part 2)

  • Fabaceae – Papilionoideae, Mimosoideae, Caesalpinoideae
  • Fagaceae
  • Ericaceae
  • Magnoliaceae
  • Malvaceae
  • Myrtaceae
  • Ongaraceae
  • Rosaceae
  • Proteaceae
  • Rutaceae
  • Rubiaceae

Please note:   Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the academy, marked by your tutor and returned with relevant suggestions, and comments, and extra reading if required.

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