Table of Contents

Here is an organized list of all previous posts at the Botany Professor Site:

Plant Structure and Function

The essential characteristics of plants (25 Oct 2011)
How does water get to the top of a tree? (28 Nov 2011)
The root of the root problem (26 Mar 2012)
The symmetry of plants (11 Jul 2012)
Which organisms live the longest? (28 May 2012)
What is a vegetable? (18 Nov  2011)
The long and short of it - the story of internodes (30 Jan 2013)
A leaf by any other name (01 Nov 2013)
Why we must teach botany (26 Nov 2014)
How plants do everything without moving a muscle (6 Jan 2015)
In Defense of Plants (8 Jul 2015)
Everything you wanted to know about plant cells, but were afraid to ask  (19 Nov 2015)
Endangered plants, the population bomb, and politicians running for office (15 Oct 2016)
What's killing out trees? (24 Jan 2018)
The nearly forgotten art of comparative plant anatomy 1. Wood (8 Mar 2017)
The nearly forgotten art of comparative plant anatomy 2. Palm fruits (30 Sep 2017)
Good fires, bad fires (6 Dec 2019)
The Leafy Origins of Sepals (3 May 2020)
The folded leaves of Iris (5 Jul 2020)
Grasping at Straws (4 Aug 2020)

Plant Reproduction

The truth about sex in plants  (16 Nov 2011)
More than just a flower (1 Mar 2012)
Plants that generate heat (12 Jun 2012)
Why are the seeds on the outside of the strawberry?  (14 Oct 2011)
To self or not to self - the story of Drosera capillaris (11 Jul 2013)
Flowers, compound flowers, and superflowers (31 Jan 2018)
Why are Anthuriums red? (22 March 2020)

Evolution - the History of Plant Life on Earth

Plants and animals and kleptoplasts - oh my! (5 Oct 2011)
The truth about sex in plants  (16 Nov 2011)
Why are there no moss trees? (29 Dec 2011)
Into the ocean without a paddle - the mystery of the red algae  (7 Feb 2012)
The first "bamboos" (28 Mar 2012)
The invention and reinvention of trees (4 May 2012)
How the grass leaf got its stripes ( 26 Jan 2012)
The grasses that would be trees (18 Mar 2012)
The first plants (30 Dec 2012)
What's so primitive about Acorus? (23 Apr 2013)
Why are there so many kinds of plants? (27 Sep 2013)
The birthplace of the angiosperms (21 Feb 2014)
What's so primitive about Amborella? (1 Jul 2014)
G. L. Stebbins and the process of adaptive modification (16 July 2014)
Were the first carpels plicate or ascidiate? (18 Aug 2014)
Were the first monocots syncarpous?  (10 Aug 2014)
Plant Life: a Brief History (13 Feb 2015)
The evolutionary perspective in teaching botany (26 Aug 2015)
What is an adaptation? (23 Oct 2015)
Teaching Biodiversity (30 Jan 2017)
Of cacti an humans - are certain life forms inevitable? (13 Nov 2018)
Cyanobacteria - heroes of evolution (30 Jan 2019)
Theme and Variation - the Amaryllidaceae (19 Apr 2019)
Pitfalls of the long branch (25 Sep 2019)


Phylogeny and Classification
This section contains commentary on various classification issues, including the great debates on modern phylogenetic classification, paraphyly vs monophyly, etc.

Beyond Natural Selection - Shortcuts in Plant Evolution (9 Oct 2013)
The great botanical butter battle book (30 Aug 2012)
Making the ancestor problem go away (18 Oct 2012)
What ever became of the snapdragon family? (5 Apr 2012)
Minding your stems and crowns (3 Jun 2015)
Dick Brummitt - champion of the paraphyletic  (25 Sep 2015))
Families Matter (8 Aug 2017)

Medicinal Botany

Medicinal Plants in our own backyard (29 May 2014)

Wildflowers and Botanical Travelogues

FLORIDA
The carnivorous plants of Florida (20 Aug 2013)
Florida favorites (30 May 2018)

THE WESTERN US
The western red columbine and the beginning of my downfall (26 Oct 2011)
For the love of poppies (pdf) (16 Nov 2011)
The chaparral of California (11 Jan 2012)
California's desert in bloom (17 Feb 2012)
California Mountain High (13 Mar 2012)
Springtime at Longmire (1 Jun 2012)
Springtime in New Mexico (10 Jun 2013)
Nevada Oasis (23 May 2014)
California Springtime Extravaganza 1. The Golden Fields of Antelope Valley (2 May 2017)
California Springtime Extravaganza 2. Over the Mountains to the Coast (27 May 2017)
California Springtime Extravaganza 3. Anza-Borrego (13 Jun 2017)
California Springtime Extravaganza 4. Cacti and Cactus Wannabees (1 Jul 2017)
California Springtime Extravaganza 5. Torrey Pines Natural Preserve (21 Jul 2017)
Oregon Excursion (19 Oct 2017)
Colorado Favorites (17 Jan 2018)
A brief glimpse of the Alaskan flora (30 Jun 2018)
Fall comes to Paradise (4 Oct 2018)
Glacier National Park (9 May 2020)

TROPICAL AMERICA
Down the west coast of Mexico (16 Apr 2012)
Costa Rica (6 July 2012)

EUROPE
The pines of Rome (16 Dec 2011)
Autumn in Greece (26 Nov 2019)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Papua New Guinea 1. Lae and Bulolo (29 Jul 2012)
Papua New Guinea 2. Aseki (10 Aug 2012)
Papua New Guinea 3. The Milne Bay Province (11 Oct 2012)
Papua New Guinea 4. The North Coast to the Sepik River (17 Jan 2013)
Papua New Guinea 5. To the Frieda River (7 Feb 2013)
Papua New Guinea 6. New Britain (22 Mar 2013)

SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa 1. Kirstenbosch (24 Jan 2014)
South Africa 2. The Fabulous Proteaceae (31 Mar 2014)
South Africa 3. Along the South Coast (24 Jul 2014)
South Africa 4. The Incredible Pelargoniums (23 Jan 2015)
South Africa 5. Into the Karoo (27 Mar 2015)
South Africa 6. North of Cape Town (21 May 2015)
South Africa 7. Up the West Coast (18 Jun 2015)
South Africa 8. Succulent Paradise {25 Jun 2015)

AUSTRALIA
Australia 1.  Around Perth (28 Oct 2015)
Australia 2. The Southwestern Corner (2 Dec 2015)
Australia 3. The Incredible Carnivores (6 Jan 2016)
Australia 4. An Excursion in New South Wales (11 Feb 2016)

TAIWAN
Taiwan 1. Island of Flowers (9 Jan 2017)
Taiwan 2. December Wildflowers (12 Mar 2017)
Taiwan 3.  Plants without Flowers (17 Apr 2017)

Bryophytes (Mosses and Liverworts) 

Why are there no moss trees? (29 Dec 2011)
Pond edges, liverworts, and the earliest land plants (8 Feb 2018)
Guide to the mosses of central Florida (18 Sep 2019)

Florida moss portraits:
These portraits are now superseded by the portraits in the Guide (see above for link). New information will be incorporated there directly.

Anomodon minor (20 Jul 2017)
Atrichum angustatum (7 Oct 2017)
Aulacomnium palustre (13 Feb 2018)
Barbula indica (17 Nov 2017)
Bryum argenteum (5 Jul 2016)
Callicostella pallida (23 Oct 2017)
Campylopus surinamensis (15 Aug 2017)
Climacium americanum (4 Sep 2017)
Cryphaea glomerata (6 Feb 2015)
Cyrto-hypnum minutulum (1 Mar 2018)
Dicranum condensatum (21 Aug 2017)
Dicranella hilariana (24 Aug 2017)
Ditrichum pallidum (24 Jun 2014)
Entodon seductrix (14 Aug 2014)
Ephemerum crassinervium (13 Oct 2017)
Fissidens, introduction and F. pallidinervis (29 Apr 2017)
Fontinalis sullivantii (7 Mar 2018)
Forsstroemia trichomitra (10 Apr 2015)
Funaria flavicans (17 May 2013)
Gemmabryum apiculatum (27 Mar 2019)
Haplocladium microphyllum (16 Mar 2015)
Herpetineuron toccoae (25 Jan 2018)
Hygroamblystegium varium (6 Jul 2017)
Hyophiladelphus agrarius (15 Jun 2015)
Isopterygium tenerum (30 Aug 2013)
Leptodictyon riparium (19 May2017)
Leskea (7 Feb 2018)
Leucobryum albidum (6 Sep 2012)
Leucodon julaceus (6 Mar 2018)
Micromitrium (20 Jan 2018)
Neckeropsis undulatum and N. distichum (10 Nov 2017)
Octoblepharum albidum (6 Nov 2012)
Papillaria nigrescens (12 Jan 2018)
Philonotis longiseta (23 Apr 2015)
Physcomitrium pyriforme (6 Mar 2019)
Plagiomnium cuspidatum (21 Sep 2017)
Pyrrhobryum spiniforme (26 Oct 2017)
Polytrichum commune  (11 Mar 2017)
Rosulabryum capillare and R. pseudocapillare (19 Feb 2017)
Rhynchostegium serrulatum (19 Oct 2017)
Schlotheimia rugifolia (26 Feb 2018)
Schwetschkeopsis fabronia (18 Jan 2018)
Sematophyllum adnatum (9 Sep 2015)
Sphagnum recurvum (22 Jun 2016)
Sphagnum strictum (22 Jun 2016)
Stereophyllum radiculosum (28 Feb 2018)
Syrrhopodon incompletus (5 Dec 2013)
Thelia asprella (8 Nov 2017)
Thuidium delicatulum (18 Jul 2014)
Tortella humilis and T. flavovirens (9 Jan 2018)
Trematodon longicollis (17 Oct 2017)
Vesicularia vesicularis (27 Nov 2017)
Weissia controversa (1 Nov 2017)

2 comments:

  1. Hi, in my botany training mosses were excluded from the vascular plants. But my Morphology and Anatomy class professor commented that was not correct. Is there vasculature in mosses, perhaps in the stem? Thank you.

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  2. Some mosses do have vascular tissue in the form of hydroids and leptoids. However, they do not have true lignin, so these hydroids differ in that way from tracheids or vessels.

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