What’s in a name? If you’re a plant, everything. Knowing the name of a plant not only allows one to list it, but also to find information on its ecology. It’s critical to have accurate identifications when describing a plant community for ecological research or restoration activities, or when preserving rare and endangered species.
How is one plant species related to others? Names provide the clues and give the answers. Plant systematics is the classification and study of plant diversity and evolution, and all the research going in the Ecology, Population Biology, and Harris Family Foundation Plant Genetics laboratories here at the Chicago Botanic Garden depends upon it.