This course presents the structure, taxonomy and uses of plants with emphasis on those having important biological, ecological indicator value and economic significance in British Columbia. Students will learn to recognize native BC plants in forest, rangeland and alpine habitats. Students will also be required to learn to identify selected invasive plant species that are of management concern in the province. Plant (emphasis on trees) reproduction, distribution and ecological significance will be covered. A plant collection of at least 60 species will be required.
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Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Describe the general taxonomic breakdown of the Plant Kingdom and;
Identify selected conifer and broadleaf tree species of British Columbia.
Outline the ecological ranges of the tree species of BC.
Recognize and key out the family characteristics of the major common shrubs and herbs of BC.
Recognize shrubs and herbs that have site indicator and wildlife values (75 species).
Recognize important range grasses of BC (approx. 6 species).
Recognize key moss species by botanical names and know their site indicator values (approx. 5 species).
Recognize main fern species and know their site indicator values (approx. 5 species).
Distinguish the three life-forms of lichens.
Identify important fresh water (aquatic) plants.
Identify important invasive plants of BC (approx. 10 species).
Effective as of Fall 2008
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