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Carolina Backyard Naturalist (9/16/20)

Botany: Plant Systematics, Anatomy, and Physiology 

This class addresses the fundamentals of botany helpful for understanding the roles plants play in ecosystems that will be explored in subsequent lectures. Topics include the taxonomy and evolutionary relationships among different plant groups, structures and functions of plant organs, plant reproduction, and the processes of photosynthesis and transpiration.

Presenter: Matt Jones

Horticulture Extension Agent, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionChatham County Center

Matt JonesMatt has been a Horticulture Extension Agent with the Cooperative Extension Service since 2015 and has been in Chatham County since 2018. His Extension outreach program targets home gardeners, ornamental nurseries, and landscape professionals, and he is the coordinator for the Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Chatham County. Matt was an Erasmus Mundus Fellow and earned his M.Sc. in Horticultural Science jointly from universities in Italy, Germany, and Austria. He also has a M.S. in Botany and undergraduate degrees in botany and microbiology from the University of Oklahoma.

Presentation Slides

Botany Part 1

Botany Part 2

Botany Part 3

Additional Resources

NC State University Herbarium

NC State University Herbarium Online Keys and Resources

North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook: Botany

UNC Herbarium

North Carolina Botanical Garden (UNC)

JC Raulston Arboretum (NC State University)

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

North Carolina Arboretum

Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont

Native Trees of the Southeast

Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Guide

Botany in a Day