Plant Names Questions (Kew B2 and 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.
- Describe the two parts of a scientific name.
- Describe the specific format used to write a scientific name.
- Describe two ways scientific names are better than English names.
- Explain how this concept can be helpful to the gardener or botanist; "In other words, a genus name is predictive."
- Why is Latin considered a dead language?
- Oh, Oh, Idaho Master Gardener's Handbook examples of plant classification adds something to Mr. Rick's "King David came over for good salsa". What was added?
- Describe where similarities occur in a family of plants.
- 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.
- Territorial Seed Co. has a snapdragon named Antirrhinum nanum 'Frosted Flames'. Explain the taxonomic significance of the 'Frosted Flames' part of the name. Hint: They could have called it Antirrhinum nanum cv. Frosted Flames.
- A marigold is described as Tagetes patula x erecta 'Zenith Red' . What is the "patula x erecta" telling you?
- Why is it pointless to save the seeds from a hybrid plant?
- Explain how plants can also be classified by their life cycle.