Chelsea Flower Show – Silver Medal

The Carnivorous Plant Society stand at Chelsea Flower Show, featuring plants grown at the University of Reading won a prestigious Silver Medal.  To see the preparation of the stand click here.

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Carnivorous Plants from UoR at #RHSChelsea 2015

Nepenthes robcantleyi, a carnivorous plant species dicovered in the past decade

Nepenthes robcantleyi, a carnivorous plant species dicovered in the past decade

The Carnivorous Plant Society, a registered UK Charitydedicated to the promotion of carnivorous plants both in the wild and in cultivation, through conservation and education.”  Periodically it provides a display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and this was one of those fascinating years. 

The carnivorous plants at University of Reading are grown as a means of engaging students and the general public with botany in a way that most plants can’t offer.  The venus flytrap has obvious movement while sundews offer a sticky and slimy experience.  Towards the end of summer the sound of buzzing flies in the pitcher plants is quite breathtaking.  Continue reading

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MSc Plant Diversity – Plant families ID test – Samples 11-40 (Books and notes allowed) – Answers

The plant families samples 11-40 belong to are listed below (using APG2/3 for flowering plants) Continue reading

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MSc Plant Diversity – Plant families ID test – Samples 11-40 (Books and notes allowed)

The second phase of the ID test allows books and lecture notes but time remains pressing.  Whatever remains of the three hours after samples 1-10 have been identified is very much needed for the last 30 samples.  Some of these should be straightforward and others are very challenging. Here are those samples. Continue reading

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MSc Plant Diversity – Plant families ID test – Samples 1-10 (Closed book exam) Answers

The Family names for each of the forst ten samples are given here:

Number Genus species Family
1 Crassula muscosa Crassulaceae
2 Nepeta nepetoides Lamiaceae
3 Begonia cv. ‘Cleopatra’ Begoniaceae
4 Equisetum hyemale Equisetaceae
5 Centaurea clementei  Morocco Asteraceae
6 Euphorbia milii Euphorbiaceae
7 Mammillaria hahniana Cactaceae
8 Andromeda polifolia Ericaceae
9 Campanula cv. Campanulaceae
10 Zamia floridana Zamiaceae
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MSc Plant Diversity – Plant families ID test – Samples 1-10 (Closed book exam)

Close on the heels of the MSc fieldwork comes the final assessment for the MSc module BIMPB12 Diversity and Identification of Plants.  This module runs over the Autumn and Spring terms and aims to give the knowledge structure needed to identify major families of vascular plants.  The test comprises 40 spots over three hours, the first ten are a closed book exam and the remaining 30 are open book identifications to family. You can try out the test. Continue reading

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