Plant Names Questions (Kew B2 & ID MGH Ch3)

Use the Kew B2 Plant Names Information Sheet and pages 3-2 to 3-6 of the Idaho Master Gardeners Handbook to answer these questions.

  1. Describe the two parts of a scientific name.  

  2. Describe the specific format used to write a scientific name. 

  3. Describe two ways scientific names are better than English names. 

  4. Explain how this concept can be helpful to the gardener or botanist; "In other words, a genus name is predictive." 

  5. Why is Latin considered a dead language? 

  6. Oh, Oh, Idaho Master Gardener's Handbook examples of plant classification adds categories to Mr. Rick's "King David came over for good salsa". What was added? 

  7. Describe where similarities occur in a family of plants. 

  8. If I told you that Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) was a member of the Asteraceae (sunflowers) family, make a prediction about what its flowers might look like. 

  9. Territorial Seed Co. has a nasturium named Tropaeolum majus 'Black Velvet'. Explain the taxonomic significance of the 'Black Velvet' part of the name. Hint: They could have called it Tropaeolum majus cv. Black Velvet. 

  10. A marigold is described as Tagetes patula x erecta 'Zenith Red' external arrow. What is the "patula x erecta" telling you? 

  11. Why is it pointless to save the seeds from a hybrid plant? 

  12. Explain how plants can also be classified by their life cycle.