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This subject is designed for students wishing to take a summer course, and who are interested in the biology of native plants and plant communities and environments in Victoria. It is suited to students studying environmental science or environmental studies.
Topics covered include:
- biogeographic regions of Victoria: climate, landforms, geology, soils and vegetation types;
- biology of Victorian plants: intraspecific variation and adaptation to local conditions, ecotypes and clines, mallee plants, coastal plants, alpine plants;
- conservation and threats to the Victorian flora: weeds, diseases, pests, fire, extinctions.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- examine the biogeography and biology of the Victorian flora
- appraise and classify Victorian plants
- investigate the evolutionary history, threats to and the conservation value of Victoria's ecosystems
- This subject should provide you with knowledge of the diversity and biology of the Victorian Flora, especially the vascular, flowering plants. It is presented in the context of understanding the natural regions and evolutionary history of Victoria.
- You should gain generic skills in identifying flowering plant families and genera by the use of identification tools, including both written keys and computer-based interactive keys.
- You should develop your observation skills and knowledge of plant structures.
- Through reports you should enhance your written presentation skills and abilities to interpret literature.
- Through field excursions you should learn to observe and describe vegetation patterns, and develop skills to enable you to discover more about the flora yourself.
Last updated: 31 January 2024