The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Introduction to Botanical Ethnobotany - SE836
|Canterbury||Autumn and Spring||
Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module
|20 (10)||Roberts Dr D L|
The information below applies to the 2013-14 session
• a) Use of plant keys for identification. b) Plant collecting for voucher specimens.
• Processing and mounting plant specimens.
• Underutilised food plants - Sourcing appropriate botanical information.
• a) Two important plant families. b) Writing a plant profile.
• a) Food plants. b) Medicinal plants.
• Student Plant reports.
• Student Plant reports.
• Material culture – basket making.
Method of assessment
- The reading list is updated each year with additional texts as appropriate, however core texts remain: Basic: Rose, Francis: 1981. The Wildflower Key: a guide to plant identification in the field of the British Isles and NW Europe. London: Frederick Warne and Co. Heywood, V.H. 1993. Flowering Plants of the World. New York: Oxford University Press Harris, J.G. & Harris, M.W. 2001. Plant Identification Terminology. An Illustrated Glossary. Spring Lake Publishing. Systematics: Judd, W.S., C.S. Campbell, E.A. Kellogg and P.F. Stevens. 1999. Plant Systematics: a Phylogenetic Approach. Sunderland: Sinauer Associates. Cronquist, Arthur. 1988: The Evolution and Classification of Flowering Plants, Second Ed. Bronx, New York: The New York Botanical Garden. Stace, C. 1997. New Flora of the British Isles, Second Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Zomlefer, W. 1994. Guide to Flowering Plant Families. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Iniversity of North Carolina Press. Herbarium Techniques Bridson, D. and L. Forman (eds.) 1998 The herbarium handbook. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens. Economic Botany: Simpson, B.B. and M.C. Ogorzaly. 2001. Economic Botany: Plants in our World, Third Edition. Boston: McGraw Hill. Lewington, Anna. 1990. Plants for People. London: Natural History Museum Publications Cook, Frances E. M. 1995 Economic botany data collection standard, Kew : Royal Botanic Gardens.
- This module will: • enable students to identify and collect a variety of plant material and process them into herbarium voucher specimens. • enable students to source, critically evaluate, synthesise and present botanical, anthropological and other pertinent ethnobotanical information regarding particular plant species. • enable students to identify plants that belong to two of the major plant families of Ethnobotanical interest • familiarise students with a variety of plants and their characteristics, which belong to of the ‘functional groups’.