PWS 330

Rangeland Plant Identification and Ecology

Plant and Wildlife Sciences College of Life Sciences

Course Description

Identification, characteristics, phenology, distribution, site adaptation, forage value, and response to management of significant range and pasture plants.

When Taught

Winter

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

2

Fixed

3

Title

North American Range Plant Identification

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to sight identify approximately 240 common range plants of North America by their scientific name using distinguishing characteristics both in the field and with collected specimens.

Title

Grass Identification

Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate knowledge of major grass tribes and several families of flower plants, particular to those found in the Intermountain West.

Title

Mastery of Morphology and Terminology

Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate a mastery of plant morphology and associated technical terminology.

Title

Dichotomous Key

Learning Outcome

Students will apply the terminology, tools, and techniques for identifying plants using dichotomous keys for native and introduced plants.

Title

Specimen Collection and Preparation

Learning Outcome

Students will collect and prepare plant specimens with the necessary herbarium label information.

Title

Ecological Context

Learning Outcome

Students will understand the context in which a plant is found and the opportunities and challenges of important rangeland plants related to wildland management.