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This subject is structured around the fieldwork excursion in early February and covers the basic skills that are required to undertake a field-based botanical activity such as a flora survey or an environmental impact assessment, or to proceed to research in a field-based botanical discipline. Topics to be covered include:
- taxonomy of the Australian flora;
- field identification of major families and genera of plants;
- collection and preservation of plant specimens; mounting and cataloguing specimens; curatorial skills; nomenclature;
- techniques for description and classification of vegetation; structural types, floristic associations, measures of abundance (cover, density, basal area, biomass), sampling techniques (quadrats, line transects, plotless methods), sampling scale and species-area relationships, profile diagrams, life-form spectra;
- soils; and
- vegetation mapping.
Intended learning outcomes
At the end of this subject, students should have the skills for:
- identification, description and quantification of plants and plant communities in the field;
- collection, cataloguing and preserving plant specimens; and
- constructing a vegetation map.
Last updated: 3 March 2021