Plants of the Day

 Lecture 1 Exam

 Lecture 2 Exam

 Lecture 3 Exam

 Halloween Bot-Costumes

Images of "plants of the day" mentioned in lecture will be added here as they are covered in lecture. Extra credit will be provided for solving the question given for each plant (questions will be on the lecture exams).


Lecture 1 plants

What is the largest herbarium in the United States?

How many plant specimens does it contain (rounded to the millions)?


What is this new named species which is the first species recognized as undescribed based on a photo seen in a Facebook post?


Helleborus (helleborine) from the buttercup family was the first plant used in chemical warfare. How was helleborine used to conquer the Corninthian city of Kirrha?


Lecture 2 plants

Antarctica is home to only two flowering plant species. On the left is the Antarctic hairgrass and on the right is what species from the order Caryophyllales (common name OK)?



Artocarpus - breadfruit of the Moraceae - will be forever linked with the Mutiny on the Bounty and Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian. Breadfruit is seen on the deck of the Bounty in this scene where Captain Bligh is set adrift in a rowboat. Find out where the breadfruit came from, where it was being taken by the Bounty, and why.





The common wood violet (Viola sororia) was voted in as the Wisconsin state flower on Arbor Day, 1908, by Wisconsin school children.

At least three other species were defeated (unfortunately) in close voting - name one of them.


Photo by R. W. Smith []


Lecture 3 plants



Atropa belladonna (Solanaceae)


Belladonna Took (Bilbo Baggins' mother)


In honor of the last and 3rd installment of "The Hobbit" . . .

"Belladonna" means "beautiful lady" . . . what is the connection between the poisonous atropa and the plant getting the name "beautiful lady"? Or, how or why do beautiful ladies use atropa?


Organisms of the (Holi-) day

Which two of these organisms do not fit on this list - and why?

Vaccinium macrocarpon, Meleagris gallopavo, Taxidea taxus, Cucurbita maxima, Gulo gulo, Dioscorea batatas







We usually think of grasses as small in stature . . . sidewalk crack plants or blue grass lawns.

Some grasses, however, can be huge!

What is the tallest grass in the world - find its species name.


Halloween Plant Costumes by Botany 400 Students


Musa X paradisiaca Anomodon vitisculosus Helianthus annuus
Lilium asiatica Thuja occidentalis Asarum canadense
Cucurbita pepo 2 Welwitschia mirabilis Cannabis sativa
Pterospora andromeda Humulus & Triticum Strelitzia reginae
Lygodium palmatum Ananas comosus Daucus carota
Toxicodendron radicans Carnegiea gigantea
Fuchsia magellanica Theobroma cacao Eremurus stenophyllus
Phytolacca americana Fragaria virginiana Capsicum annuum
Autumn botany Morus alba
This could be you!


Halloween Plant Costumes by other Crazy Botanists

Dan Nickrent