By: Elizabeth M Young
The easiest part of understanding what is is that botanist do is this: they study plants! But there is so much more. There are 17 sub fields or specialties that will be briefly described in this article. Each one can involve a lifetime of study...
Plant profiles: Fireweed
By: Shannon Farlouis
Fireweed is a plant in the willowherb family. Fireweed can grow in a variety of climates. The fireweed plant is often used to reestablish vegetation in areas that have been disrupted by oil spills. Fireweed is also known by the name of Rosebay Willowherb. This...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Botanists work in any field that requires a comprehensive understanding of plants, fungi and spores. There are areas where plant diseases, plant uses, plants as they relate to society, the atmosphere, the environment and each other need to be studied, classified and where much needs...
By: Elizabeth M Young
There are many ways in which botanical ecology can be studied in the field or in the laboratory setting. Botanical ecology involves two areas of human activity: seeking to satisfy curiosity and striving to find out how what is learned and observed can lead to...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Ethnobotany is a hybrid of botanical science and anthropology. This is interesting because of the ways in which humans and plants are so closely dependent upon, affect and are affected by each other. Studying plants and human cultures together seems like an excellent and natural...
By: Janet Grischy
Bearded darnel disguises itself as wheat. It poisons livestock and sometimes people. Probably the plant called tares in the Bible is bearded darnel. In the thirteenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus tells a parable about it. The parable A man plants a field of wheat, but...
Plant profiles: Moon flower
By: Lea Miller
For those of you baby boomers, yes, “Moonflower” is an album by Santana, but it’s also a plant in the morning glory family with a lovely white bloom. The Moonflower is named for its round white shape, like the moon, and because it...
By: Judy Evans
Trees have many uses, some of which have only become evident in more recent times. It only takes 16 average-size trees to equal out the carbon emission of one human for one year. Trees reduce the needs for heating in winter and air-conditioning in summer...
By: Judy Evans
Climbing plants or creepers ‘creep’, spreading tendrils and branches ever out and up. They attach to walls, fences, pergolas, other trees or screens and serve a variety of purposes. They form a colourful backdrop for outdoor living areas, feature as a showy specimen or...
By: Judy Evans
Cycads are not related to palms at all but appear similar because of their leathery, feathery foliage. Because of the similarity in appearance, cycads often have common names ending in ‘palm’. One difference between the two is that, while cycads have male and female...

 

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