BIOL 317 - Economic Botany Exercise (up to 10 points)

During the quarter, you will hear about the classification of many economically important plants in lecture and in the text.  However, students often want to learn more about the tremendous diversity of plants used by humans.  While it is not the purpose of this class to teach Economic Botany or Ethnobotany, you will have two short exercises to do during the term designed to get you to delve into the origin and classification of some of the economically important plants used by humans today. 


Each exercise sheet will include the common name of 25 plants or plant products.  You will be asked to look up the Latin name for each species, the family to which it belongs, and its continent of origin (e.g., Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America). 


You are urged to use whatever references you have available, perhaps starting with your textbook.  There are online resources, reference manuals, and many books on Economic Botany.  Along the way, I suspect you will learn some fascinating things. 


Each exercise is worth 5 points.


This is intended to be fun and educational, but it will take a little sleuthing to come up with the information, so don't put it off 'til the last minute. 


Common name     Latin name    Family            Continent of origin
SunflowerHelianthus annuus    AsteraceaeNorth America
SesameSesamum indicumPedaliaceaeAsia

Exercise 1
Exercise 2