Botany in a Day

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Botany in a Day
Botany in a Day.jpg
Cover photo of Botany in a Day
Author Thomas J. Elpel
Country United States
Language English
Subject botany, plant identification
Genre Non-Fiction
Publisher HOPS Press, LLC
Publication date
6th Edition. 2013
Media type Paperback
Pages 235
ISBN 978-1-892784-35-3
Followed by Shanleya’s Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99

Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification is a book by Thomas J. Elpel published by HOPS Press, LLC. The book emphasizes family characteristics for plant identification. Related plants typically have similar floral features and often similar uses. For example, plants of the mustard family (Brassicaceae) have four petals with six stamens (4 tall, 2 short), and most or all of the 3,200 species are considered edible.[1]

The book is used as a text at universities, high schools, and herbal schools across North America.[2] It is also recommended as a resource for the Nature Merit Badge by the Boy Scouts of America.[3] Although the text is primarily oriented towards North American plants, Botany in a Day has been used to identify plants in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America.[4] As of 2010, there were more than 45,000 copies in print.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification. HOPS Press, 2004, p. 17.
  2. ^ "Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification", Accessed August 19, 2011.
  3. ^ [Boy Scouts of America. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-NATU.aspx "Introduction to Merit Badges: Nature"], Accessed August 19, 2011.
  4. ^ "Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification", Accessed August 19, 2011.
  5. ^ Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification. HOPS Press, 2010, p. ii.

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