Explore the biology of plants in this introduction to general plant anatomy, morphology, physiology and genetics, with an emphasis on relating form to function. It presents the basic information about plants on which other courses in the native plant certificate program will build, particularly plant taxonomy. Through guided dissections under a microscope, students will visualize and understand plant tissues and vegetative organs (roots, stems, and leaves), as well as reproductive organs (flowers, fruits and seeds). Students will survey basic life processes of plants, including reproduction, photosynthesis, and transpiration, as well as Mendelian genetics.
This class is a core course in the Certificate in Native Plants.