Presentation Title

Learning the Flowers: A Hands-On Exploration of the Sunshine Coast’s Floral Diversity

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

The purpose of this Directed Study was to develop the skills and understanding necessary to complete a floristic survey. To do this, I used my hometown of the Sunshine Coast both as a living laboratory and a flora to be mapped. The project was carried out over the summer of 2017 and involved a mix of both field and lab work. The lab component of the project was designed to help me learn the major characteristics of the 20 most common plant families within BC. Representative species of each family were collected from around the area and dissected to provide a better understanding their internal anatomy, with notes summarized in my own reference manuals. For the field component, I chose to carry out floristic surveys (recording all identifiable angiosperm species) at multiple locations throughout the Sunshine Coast. A total of 9 sites were surveyed and 127 different floral species were identified across 47 different families. Thirty-eight floral specimens were also collected and catalogued for preservation as herbarium specimens. The community composition of angiosperms in each locality visited was also quantified using ordination to provide a visual model of their distribution throughout the area.

Department

Biological Sciences

Faculty Advisor

Lyn Baldwin

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Learning the Flowers: A Hands-On Exploration of the Sunshine Coast’s Floral Diversity

The purpose of this Directed Study was to develop the skills and understanding necessary to complete a floristic survey. To do this, I used my hometown of the Sunshine Coast both as a living laboratory and a flora to be mapped. The project was carried out over the summer of 2017 and involved a mix of both field and lab work. The lab component of the project was designed to help me learn the major characteristics of the 20 most common plant families within BC. Representative species of each family were collected from around the area and dissected to provide a better understanding their internal anatomy, with notes summarized in my own reference manuals. For the field component, I chose to carry out floristic surveys (recording all identifiable angiosperm species) at multiple locations throughout the Sunshine Coast. A total of 9 sites were surveyed and 127 different floral species were identified across 47 different families. Thirty-eight floral specimens were also collected and catalogued for preservation as herbarium specimens. The community composition of angiosperms in each locality visited was also quantified using ordination to provide a visual model of their distribution throughout the area.