SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany Midterm Fall 2005 • Name:

Plant recognition matching

Samples of the following plants are labeled with letters. Write the letter in the blank next to the correct name.

  1. _____ Agathis robusta (kauri)
  2. _____ Araucaria columnaris (cook island pine)
  3. _____ Asplenium nidus (bird's nest fern)
  4. _____ Cinnamomum carolinense (caroline island cinnamon tree)
  5. _____ Cyanobacteria
  6. _____ Cycas rumphii (cycad)
  7. _____ Dicranopteris linearis
  8. _____ Lycopodium cernuum (lycopodium)
  9. _____ Morinda citrifolia (noni)
  10. _____ Myristica fragrans (nutmeg)
  11. _____ Nephrolepis [biserrata] (sword fern family)
  12. _____ Phymatosorus scolopendria (scented fern)
  13. _____ Piper nigrum (black pepper)
  14. _____ Piper ponapense (pohnpei pepper)
  15. _____ Selaginella
  16. _____ Thelypteris maemonensis

Healing matching

Samples of healing plants are labeled with letters. Write the letter in the blank for the plant that is used in treating the following:

  1. _____ baby growth in uterus, 4 or 8 fiddleheads
  2. _____ diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, massage
  3. _____ diarhea (boiled to form tea)
  4. _____ fever, bad armpit smell (used in a bath)
  5. _____ toothache, head cold, sinus congestion

Primitive plants hike 19 January

22. Choose any one plant from our hike beyond the FSM China Friendship center. Give the Latin binomial for the plant you have chosen. Write down also the local name in your language if the plant has a name in your language. Write down a local traditional use for that plant here in Micronesia.

  1. Latin binomial:
  2. Local name:
  3. Traditional use:

Seedless vascular plant presentations 26 January

23. Mosses, ferns, and other "primitive" plants share some common features and needs in their reproductive cycles. What are those features/needs?

Healing plants 31 January

24. Define the term culture bound syndrome ("cultural disease")and give an example of a culture bound syndrome in Micronesia.

Healing plant presentations 9 and 14 February

25. Describe a healing use of a plant. The catch: you cannot describe a use for the plant from your state, you must describe a use of a plant described by another member of the class who is from a different state. If you can recall, also include the name of the plant presented by that member of the class.

Botanic garden field trip 16 February

26. Why are there no baby Cook Island Pines on Pohnpei?

27. While in the garden Lee Ling spoke about the importance of nutmeg. Nutmeg is so very important that the textbook also covers this topic at length. What is the importance of nutmeg?

Gymnosperm presentations 23 February

28. Use the samples in class to do the following matching of gymnosperm leaf types:

  1. _____ awl shaped
  2. _____ palm-like
  3. _____ strap shaped

29. What key features distinguish gymnosperm reproduction from the reproduction of the more primitive seedless vascular plants such as mosses, lycopodium, ferns?