The Elements of Botany


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The book is intended to ground beginners in Structural Botany and the principles of vegetable life, mainly as concerns Flowering or Phanerogamous plants, with which botanical instruction should always begin; also to be a companion and interpreter to the Manuals and Floras by which the student threads his flowery way to a clear knowledge of the surrounding vegetable creation. Such a book, like a grammar, must needs abound in technical words, which thus arrayed may seem formidable; nevertheless, if rightly apprehended, this treatise should teach that the study of botany is not the learning of names and terms, but the acquisition of knowledge and ideas. No effort should be made to commit technical terms to memory. Any term used in describing a plant or explaining its structure can be looked up when it is wanted, and that should suffice. On the other hand, plans of structure, types, adaptations, and modifications, once understood, are not readily forgotten; and they give meaning and interest to the technical terms used in explaining them. - Summary by Asa Gray (7 hr 45 min)

Chapters

SECTION I. INTRODUCTORY 5:23 Read by J. M. Smallheer
SECTION II. FLAX AS A PATTERN PLANT 9:02 Read by J. M. Smallheer
SECTION III. MORPHOLOGY OF SEEDLINGS 27:09 Read by Corrinne LePage
SECTION IV. GROWTH FROM BUDS; BRANCHING 16:25 Read by laurencetrask
SECTION V. ROOTS 14:47 Read by laurencetrask
SECTION VI. STEMS 25:17 Read by laurencetrask
SECTION VII. LEAVES -Part 1 33:02 Read by laurencetrask
SECTION VII. LEAVES -Part 2-4 20:42 Read by laurencetrask
SECTION VIII. FLOWERS. Part 1-3 28:44 Read by MacKenzie Nikol Greenwood
SECTION VIII. FLOWERS. Part 4-5 23:54 Read by MacKenzie Nikol Greenwood
SECTION IX. STAMENS IN PARTICULAR 18:03 Read by Kathleen Moore
SECTION X. PISTILS IN PARTICULAR 15:29 Read by Kathleen Moore
SECTION XI. OVULES 7:28 Read by Kathleen Moore
SECTION XII. MODIFICATIONS OF THE RECEPTACLE 6:05 Read by Kathleen Moore
SECTION XIII. FERTILIZATION 11:12 Read by Larry Wilson
SECTION XIV. THE FRUIT 19:43 Read by Corrinne LePage
SECTION XV. THE SEED 7:05 Read by Larry Wilson
SECTION XVI. VEGETABLE LIFE AND WORK. Parts 1-4 44:53 Read by Corrinne LePage
SECTION XVI. VEGETABLE LIFE AND WORK. Parts 5-6 37:01 Read by Corrinne LePage
SECTION XVII. CRYPTOGAMOUS OR FLOWERLESS PLANTS 43:10 Read by Peter Yearsley
SECTION XVIII. CLASSIFICATION AND NOMENCLATURE 31:33 Read by Amy Gramour
SECTION XIX. BOTANICAL WORK 19:10 Read by Corrinne LePage