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Learning Objectives

  • Describe the morphological characteristics of herbaceous and woody stems.

Plant identification depends on knowledge of taxonomy and understanding of stem, leaf, bud, flower and fruit morphology. Morphology is the Greek word for “the study of shape,” and plant morphology is the study of the external plant structures and shapes. While the original botanical resource, Species plantarum was published by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753, one of the most comprehensive references currently available for plant morphology is Huxley, A. (ed.) The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening. London, Macmillan Press, 1992.

A working knowledge of morphological descriptors for plant identification enables the use of dichotomous keys as well as herbarium samples and digital databases. A herbarium is a collection of pressed and dried plants that is systematically arranged for research and plant identification purposes. Information on the procedure for creating herbarium samples is available at this link to Herbarium: How to Press Plants [New Tab][1]

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Herbarium: How to Press Plants

An example of an institutional herbaria is available at this link to the University of British Columbia Beaty Biodiversity Museum [New Tab].[2]

Digital databases and apps typically use the morphology of stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit to identify unknown plants . Some regional databases are available at these links to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Plant Database [New Tab][3], Oregon State University Landscape Plants [New Tab][4], and University of British Columbia E-Flora BC [New Tab][5].

Stem Morphology

A morphological description usually starts with the structure of a plant. Plant stems with vascular tissue support leaves and reproductive structures such as flowers. Depending on the type of plant, stems may be woody or herbaceous, and solid or hollow in cross section.

Herbaceous (non-woody) stems with solid or hollow stems are typical of forbs (eudicots), grasses, and grass-like plants called rushes and sedges (monocots). The stems are generally filled with a soft spongy tissue called pith, that stores and transports nutrients. The culm (stem) of a grass plant (Poa spp.) is hollow with pith only at the jointed nodes. The base of the leaf circles around the stem forming a series of overlapping sheaths. Sedges (Carex spp.), differ from grasses and rushes in that the stems are triangular (V-shaped) in cross section at the base (“sedges have edges”), have a solid pith, and are not jointed. Rushes differ from grasses in that stems are not jointed (no nodes) and are typically filled with pith. Some rush genera, such as Luzula spp. can look very grass-like with leaf blades while in Juncus spp. the leaves may be reduced to just a rounded sheath. Descriptions of morphological characteristics are illustrated at this link to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes [New Tab][6].

In contrast to herbaceous stems that die at the end of the growing season, woody stems are permanent structures that grow in length and girth (diameter) each year and produce bark as a protective covering. The general features of the woody stem illustrated in Figure 13.1 will be characteristic for a particular plant species.

Figure 13.1 External features of a woody stem

The shape, size and arrangement of buds and lenticels (small openings in the outer bark that allow for the exchange of gases), are often identifiable in trees and shrubs, as shown in Figure 13.2 and Figure 13.3. The thickness, texture, pattern, and color of the bark of many woody plants is both a distinctive species characteristic for identification and an attractive feature for landscape use.

Figure 13.2 Prunus buds

Figure 13.3 Prunus bark and lenticels

Examples of the morphology of herbaceous stems and woody stems and buds are available at this link to Stems – External [New Tab][7].

Stem modifications include underground, above ground, and aerial structures that are characteristic to different plant species. Underground structures for spreading and food storage include rhizomes, corms, tubers, and bulbs. Stolons, runners, suckers, and offsets that grow almost parallel to or just above the ground enable plant spread. Aerial modifications include stem tendrils and thorns for climbing and protection. In xeric (dry) conditions, the stem may take over photosynthesis in order to reduce water loss from leaves (Cactus spp.). Examples of different types of stem modifications are shown at this link to Modifications – Stem [New Tab][8].

True or False Search the plant names available at this link to the KPU Plant Database [New Tab][9]

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Plant Morphology deals with plant form, including its development and evolution. It can be defined in a narrow sense as referring only to external form, in contrast to anatomy that refers to internal form. But plant morphology can also be defined in a wide sense that includes both internal and external form at all levels of organization from the molecular and cellular level to the organismal level (Sattler 1978, Introduction).

Since molecular genetics has become fashionable, plant morphology has been increasingly neglected and to some extent it has been integrated into evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) . Nonetheless, plant morphology remains fundamentally relevant to nearly all fields of plant biology such as molecular genetics, physiology, ecology, evolutionary biology and systematics. In these fields morphological concepts and/or theories are used or implied. Therefore, to some extent these fields are based on or reflect morphology (Kaplan 2001, Sattler and Rutishauser 1997 ).

Contrary to a widespread misconception, plant morphology is not a finished science, but, like any science, open to constant innovation. Such innovation may concern morphological details, concepts, theories, and even the disciplinary matrix (or paradigm). My contributions to plant morphology have been empirical and theoretical, involving a revision of some of the most basic assumptions and tenets in the disciplinary matrix of plant morphology.

With many undergraduate and graduate students, technicians, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, and colleagues I carried out research in plant morphology for nearly forty years in the second half of the 20 th century (see my Publications ). One major focus of this research has been the dynamic form continuum in plants, especially flowering plants. A review of many aspects of this research can be found in my book chapter entitled &ldquoHomology, homeosis and process morphology in plants&rdquo (Sattler 1994). What follows is a general discussion of fundamental issues in plant morphology. References to our contributions can be found in the list of my publications . For a tour through what I consider some of my most important publications see my essay The Evolution of my Phytomorphological Research in my Publications and Plant Evo-Devo (Evolutionary Developmental Biology) .

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    Introduction to Paleobotany, How Fossil Plants are Formed

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    Coal Balls.

    We know more about the anatomy, morphology, and biology of Carboniferous coal-swamp plants than those from any other time period, and this is primarily due to coal balls. During the Carboniferous, North America and Europe were close to the equator and contained extensive tropical forests which contributed to the extensive coal deposits characteristic of these areas today. Associated with some of these coal deposits are coal balls ( FIGS. 1.51–1.53 ), variously shaped nodules which occur in bituminous coal seams. Coal balls represent permineralized peat deposits and are composed almost entirely of plant parts preserved in calcium carbonate. Some of the first ones found in England were nearly spherical, hence the name, coal ball, but they can be irregular in shape and range from a few centimeters across to many meters in thickness. Some of the oldest ones come from the upper Namurian (Upper Mississippian) of Germany and the Czech Republic, but they are also known from Permian coal deposits in China. They can be readily studied by means of the peel technique.

    Figure 1.51 . Collecting coal balls at a strip mine in southern Illinois.

    Figure 1.52 . Digging coal balls from a stream bank in Illinois, USA.

    Figure 1.53 . Transporting bags of coal balls from a site in Kentucky, USA.

    The method of formation of coal balls has been examined by a number of paleobotanists (Falcon-Lang, 2008), beginning with Stopes and Watson (1908), but the process is still not fully understood. When fresh or partially decayed, the peat was infiltrated by carbonates (fibrous calcite) before there was extensive compaction of the plants within. Since some coal balls are associated with marine limestones, it has been suggested that the plants were growing in low-lying, swampy areas close to the sea, and this hypothesis fits with the paleogeography of Midcontinent North America during the Carboniferous. During storms or marine transgressions (Mamay and Yochelson, 1962), the coal swamp was inundated by seawater, which provided a source of calcium carbonate for permineralization. This hypothesis explains the mixed nature of some coal balls in which both plant and marine animal remains are preserved. Scott and Rex (1985) suggested that all coal balls are not formed by the same process and put forward a non-marine model of formation in which the permineralizing fluids are derived from percolating groundwater high in carbonates. Scott et al. (1996) examined the origin of Carboniferous and Permian coal balls from Euramerica and China and concluded that several different mechanisms were involved, depending on the region and the location of the coal balls within the coal seam. Based on carbon isotopes, they found that some coal balls involved a mixture of marine and meteoric fresh water percolating through the peat and noted that most coal balls formed in freshwater basins with at least some marine influence. There can be little doubt that the formation of coal balls was a highly specialized process, as none are known after the Carboniferous‐Permian. To the coal miner these calcium carbonate coal balls represent impurities in the coal that are often termed “fault,” but to the paleobotanist they provide a source of fascinating information that can be used to investigate the biology of the plants that lived in the peat swamps hundreds of millions of years ago.


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    Keywords : morphology, topology, geometry, leaf, hypocotyl, sepal, roots, ecology

    Citation: Balduzzi M, Binder BM, Bucksch A, Chang C, Hong L, Iyer-Pascuzzi AS, Pradal C and Sparks EE (2017) Reshaping Plant Biology: Qualitative and Quantitative Descriptors for Plant Morphology. Front. Plant Sci. 8:117. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00117

    Received: 23 August 2016 Accepted: 19 January 2017
    Published: 03 February 2017.

    Hartmut Stützel, Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany

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    (Prerequisite: BIO 1134 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Subjects include fungal structures, function and physiology, reproduction, genetics, and taxonomy of Oomycota, Chytridiomycota, and Zygomycota (Glomeromycota) and other phyla on plant and forest ecosystems

    EPP 6313 Forensic Entomology: 3 hours.

    Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Introduction to the identification and ecology of insects and other arthropods associated with corpses/carrion and related materials in the context of forensic science

    EPP 6333 Principles of Insect Anatomy and Physiology: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisite: EPP 4154). Three hours lecture. Spring semester. Introduction to the basic principles of structure and function of insect organ systems from a comparative and evolutionary viewpoint

    EPP 6523 Turfgrass Diseases: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisite: EPP 3113 or 3124) Two hours lecture Three hours laboratory. Study of the life cycle, damage, economic importance and control startegies of turfgrass diseases

    EPP 6543 Toxicology and Insecticide Chemistry: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Spring semester. Chemistry, toxicity and mode of action of major groups of insecticides. Laboratory bioassay methods, insecticide interactions, calculations

    EPP 6613 Forensic Entomology: 3 hours.

    Two hours lecture. Two hours Laboratory. Introduction to the identification and ecology of insects and other arthropods associated with corpses/carrion and related materials in the context of forensic science

    EPP 6990 Special Topics in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

    Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

    EPP 7000 Directed Individual Study in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-6 hours.

    Hours and credits to be arranged

    EPP 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-13 hours.

    Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and credits to be arranged

    EPP 8111 Seminar: 1 hour.

    Consideration of recent advances and problems in Entomology and Plant Pathology student participation, general discussion

    EPP 8113 Plant Nematology: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisite: EPP 3113). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Basic morphology, taxonomy, and nomenclature discussion of plant pathogenic general, symptomatology, methods of isolation, control methods, and interrelationship of nematodes to other plant pathogens. Fall semester, even years

    EPP 8121 Seminar: 1 hour.

    Consideration of recent advances and problems in Entomology and Plant Pathology student participation, general discussion

    EPP 8123 Plant Virology: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisite: EPP 4133/6133 or equivalent). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Morphology and structure of infectious entity characteristics of plant virus groups including symptomatology, transmission, vectors, etc. Methods of assay and purification. Spring semester, even years

    EPP 8133 Plant Bacteriology: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisite:EPP 4113,EPP 6133 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours Laboratory. Morphology, biology and taxonomy of plant-associated bacteria and physio-biochemical and molecular mechanisms involved in their interactions with plants development and management of plant bacterial diseases

    EPP 8143 Advanced Plant Pathology I: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisite: EPP 3113). Three hours lecture. The dynamic nature of disease. Genetics and variability of the major groups of plant pathogens. Epidemiology. Genetics of the host-parasitic interaction. Fall semesters

    EPP 8144 Transmission Electro Microscopy: 4 hours.

    (Prerequisite:Consent of Instructor). One hour lecture. Six hours laboratory. Introduction to TEM including life sciences (tissue) and engineering (crystalline materials) topics. (Same as ME 8144)

    EPP 8173 Clinical Plant Pathology: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisites: EPP 3113 and EPP 4114). Two four-hour laboratories. Clinical techniques, procedures, and experience in diagnosing plant diseases in the laboratory and field. Covers diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, MLO, nematodes, unfavorable environment and viruses. Summer

    EPP 8223 Scanning Electron Microscopy: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisite: Graduate Student, consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory . Fall semester. Introduction to scanning electron microscopy and associated techniques

    EPP 8253 Advanced Plant Pathology II: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisites: EPP 4113/6113, BIO 4214/6214, or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Infection processes, weapons utilized by pathogens in attack, and resultant alterations in ultrastructure, function and metabolism

    EPP 8263 Insect Rearing: Principles and Procedures: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisite: EPP 2213, EPP 4154, or instructor permission.) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Principles and procedures for hearing high quality insects including safety, genetics environments, diets, diet contamination, disease, and quality control

    EPP 8273 Empirical Research in Theory and Practice: 3 hours.

    Three hours lecture. Introduction to the nature, process, and societal role of research scientific method, experimental design, proposal writing, publishing, and ethics. Course emphasizes the intuitive understanding and practical application of quantitative analyses, including written, visual, and oral presentation of methods and results

    EPP 8333 Advanced Toxicology: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisite: EPP 4543. Three hours lecture. Fall semester. Physiological and biochemical actions of pesticides and therapeutic drugs. Pesticide metabolism and resistance. Insecticide synergism. Natural toxins and venoms. (Same as PHY 8333)

    EPP 8343 Advances in Insect Anatomy-Structure and Function: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisites: General entomology (EPP 4154/6154) and/ or Insect taxonomy (EPP 4164/6164) or consent of instructor). Three credit course for upper-level graduate students with basic background in entomology. Advances in knowledge of insect anatomy, functional morphology and terminology associated with it. Evolutionary aspects of insect form and function

    EPP 8353 Advances in Insect Physiology and Biochemistry: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisites: General entomology (EPP 4154/6154) and/ or Insect taxonomy (EPP 4164/6164) or consent of instructor). Three credits course for upper-level graduate students with basic background in entomology and biochemistry. This advanced course will examine the major biochemical and molecular bases of the processes and functions of insect systems

    EPP 8483 Ecological Genetics: 3 hours.

    (Prerequisites: PO 3103 or equivalent and BIO 4113/6113 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Introduction to the application of genetic methods and theory to the study of adaptation in natural populations. (Same as GNS 8483)

    EPP 8990 Special Topics in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

    Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

    EPP 9000 Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-13 hours.

    Hours and credits to be arranged

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