Making Sense of Flowers:
Ohio's Plant Families and How to Know Them

Robert Klips
Department of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What exactly do we mean when we say that clover is a legume or that big bluestem is a grass?

The flower is a centerpiece of plant reproduction. Variation in flower structure and fruit type form the basis for traditional plant classification. With OSU-Marion botanist Bob Klips, we will discuss the key features used to differentiate plant families, describe the 9 families that, taken together, comprise more than 50% of Ohio's flowering plants, and consider ways that citizen-scientists can contribute to our knowledge of Ohio's diverse flora.

Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.