Basic Plant Family ID

look at the FLOWER & note:
- # of sepals, petals, stamen, pistils (K/ calyx, C/ corolla, A/ androecium, G/ gynoecium)
- COMPLETE (all KCAG present) or INCOMPLETE (missing KCAG)
- PERFECT (bisexual), or IMPERFECT (unisexual- monoecious/ dioecious)
- REGULAR (actinomorphic, w/ radial symmetry) or IRREGULAR (zygomorphic, w/ bilateral symmetry)
- OVARY: INFERIOR (epigynous) or SUPERIOR (hypogynous/ perigynous)
- INFLORESCENCE (solitary, head, spike, raceme, panicle, umbel, corymb, cyme)

look at the LEAVES & note:
- leaf ARRANGMENT (opposite, alternate, whorled, basal)
- leaf TYPE (simple/ compound pinnate/ palmate/ ternate)
- leaf VEINATION (arcuate, palmate, parallel, pinnate, reticulate)
- leaf MARGIN (entire, toothed, incised, lobed)
- leaf tip, base, stem, surface

Aster family (Asteraceae)
many individual florets packed together tightly makes a COMPOSITE FLOWERHEAD:
- DISC FLOWERS forms a pitted central disc
- RAY FLOWERS ring the edge, usually with showy petals
2nd most common flowering plant family in the world
(1rst place goes to the Orchid family, due to their prevalance in the tropics)
IE. Dandelion, Artemisias, Yarrow, Lettuce

Mint family (Lamiaceae)
- square stalks
- alternating opposite leaves
- aromatic
- irregular flowers
- common useful kitchen herbs!
IE. Sages, Rosemary, Basil

Mustard family (Brassicaceae)
- 4 petals
- 4 sepals
- 6 stamen (4 tall, 2 short)
- pungent
- seedpod staircase (fat silicles, or long siliques)
IE. Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli

Rose family (Rosaceae)
- 5 separate petals
- 5 sepals
- numerous stamen
- numerous pistils (creates a fuzzy-looking center)
- serrated compound leaves
IE. Strawberries, Apples, Almonds

Nightshade family (Solanaceae)
- 5 united petals
- 5 united sepals
- 5 stamen
- superior ovary with 2 chambers
- alternating leaves (often sticky, Earthy-smelling)
- alkaloid- rich
IE. Peppers, Datura, Eggplant, Tomato

Mallow family (Malvaceae)
- alternate, palmately lobed leaves
- numerous fused stamen form a column around the pistil
- 5 separate petals
- 3-5 partially united sepals
- mucilaginous (slimy)
- funnel- shaped regular flowers
- superior ovary with united carpels that creates “cheeses”
IE. Okra, Cotton, Hollyhocks, Cacao, Linden


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