Tag: identification

Know your numbers – Your body as a linear scale for plant species identification and description

In identification keys and species descriptions around the world, measurements are usually in the metric system, the universal system for scientific measurements. US students often do not have…

Students at Rutgers doing the ER toxic plant role play assignment. Photo (c) Susanne Ruemmele, Rutgers University.

Toxic plants in the emergency room – fast and furious botanical role play

Emergency Room (ER) toxic plant role play for Botany classes Developed by Dr. Lena Struwe (lena.struwe@rutgers.edu) This is the activity I presented at the Botany 2018 meeting as…

Book: ‘Botany in a Day’ by Thomas Elpel

The new 6th edition of this well-known book by Thomas Elpel follows the APG system (a phylogenetic classification system now used worldwide) and provides easy to access information…

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Article: Eat Your Weeds – Edible and Wild Plants in Education

Weeds are everywhere and people like to taste new things, so why not combine the two?  Here is an article that explains how we did it at Rutgers…

Article: The Making of a Student-Driven Online Campus Flora

Key concept:  Engaging students in the discovering of biodiversity on a campus of a school or university can turn into a solid and valuable research project for years…

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Manual: 50 most common families in temperate regions

The manual Field identification of the 50 most common plant families in temperate regions by Lena Struwe is available for download below.  (color pdf with images, 60 pages,…