Some time ago, I started on an AoBBlog post (or maybe posts) on ten plants that all botanists should know quite a lot about. Criteria for inclusion on my list include, at the least, importance in the environment, importance to people as food or culturally, scientific interest, global nature, and evolutionary position. Together, the species (genera? even families?) chosen should illustrate a wide range of botany and complement each other. So, here I give my current list of starters; the order is computer-sorted random.
Wheat (or rice)
Drosera (or Pinguicula)
A legume — but which one? Acacia? Arachis? Trifolium? Pisum? Glycine?
Physcomitrella (or Sphagnum or another non-vascular plant)
Wollemi pine (Ponderosa pine?)
I’m deliberately not including reasons for my choices here — they will be included in the final posts — but suggestions of what I have missed would be welcome — along with those species that should not make the cut and should be replaced. I suppose I could stretch to a dozen species if needs be.
Comments below please!