Wagner Adult Course: Botany Series

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:30pm - Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 7:45pm
United States

*6 THURSDAYS, February 18 – March 25, 6:30 - 7:45pm*
(Registration is required for each person participating)

The diversity in the flowering plants is enormous; more than 350,000 species have been named. Recognition of species can be a difficult task, even for the expert. However, species have been grouped into about 400 larger taxonomic units known as families. Families usually share leaf, flower, and fruit characters that allow for easy recognition. The ability to assign unknown plants to the correct family is a useful skill for anyone interested in plant identification and culture. This course will survey several dozen plant families with important representatives in our forests and gardens. In addition to learning the important recognition features, the course will discuss representative members of each family based on their economic and ecological importance.

Course Schedule

  1. Thursday, February 18, 2021 – Introduction to Plant Systematics: History and methods
  2. Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Waterlilies, magnolia, poppies, buttercups, sycamores and related families.
  3. Thursday, March 4, 2021 - Crassulas, cacti, carnations, smartweeds, cucumbers, beans, birches,
    oaks and related families.
  4. Thursday, March 11, 2021 - Roses, mustards, citrus, maples, heaths, and related families.
  5. Thursday, March 18, 2021 - Mints, tomatoes and potatoes, figworts, carrots, and related families.
  6. Thursday, March 25, 2021 - Monocots: Lilies, grasses, and related groups.
Event Type: 
Global Region: 
American (United States)