Plant Identification


This activity will give you an opportunity to explore how plant structures can be used in plant identification.


Plant identification and classification are important skills to have as a plant biologist and researcher. When trying to study plant abundance, distribution, conservation, and interactions, it is important to be able to identify the specimens you are observing.

To learn more about these disciplines, watch the Plant Identification and Classification video using the media player on this page. As you are watching the video, think about answers to these questions (you can record your answers on the Plant Identification student sheet):

  • What structures can be observed to identify a plant?
  • From which of these structures can a plant be most easily identified?
  • What are the three types of leaf arrangement?
  • What useful resources and equipment can be used to help you more accurately identify a plant (e.g., books, tools, etc.)?

This esheet is a part of the Grassland Plants: Plant Identification lesson.

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