SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany syllabus and calendar Calendar of topics and laboratories for SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany Tuesday Thursday 20 Aug Intro to Ethnobotany. Text Home Outdoor. Banana clean and learn. A101 Start Walk to agriculture farm area 22 Aug Outdoor dirty. Cleaning up and learning the plants of the ethnogarden. Stains happen, machetes & rakes used. Sweaty, muddy, wet. FX. 27 Aug Outdoor hike. Less complex plants. Wet, muddy, steep. Cyano, mosses, lyco and monilo Lee Ling: Chapters one, two. 29 Aug Preparation for group presentations on cyanobacteria, mosses, monilophytes. 03 Sep Group presentations cyanobacteria, mosses (bryophytes), lycophytes, monilophytes 05 Sep Independent research day Work in the LRC on healing plants paper Compare/contrast western and indigenous med sys 10 Sep Outdoor field trip. Plants that heal us. 3. Traditional plants garden Pohnpei campus. Lee Ling: Chapter three. Balick: Chapter seven. 12 Sep Healing plant individual presentations Last names A to ½way thru class. 17 Sep Healing plant individual presentations ½ way thru class to Z Heal plant essay due 19 Sep Haruki. Outdoor dirty. Vernal equinox. Ohigan. Shubun no hi. Sweaty. Hot. Wet. Muddy. Meet at A101. 24 Sep Outdoor field trip. Pwunso Kolonia. 4. Gymnosperms, plants with economic value. Lee Ling: Chapter four. Balick: page 220 26 Sep Preparation for gymnosperm presentations. Determine food groups food presentations. 01 Oct Group presentations: gymnosperms End of class: food groups verification. 03 Oct Test one: midterm. 08 Oct Field trip. Island Food Community of Pohnpei. Pwunso, Kolonia, Pohnpei. 10 Oct Haruki food plants walk and talk. Outdoor. Plants that feed us. Lee Ling six. Planning session for food presentations. 15 Oct Plants as food: Each cultural group brings a traditional food to share. Group presentation with food. 17 Oct Outdoor walk. Leaves! 6. Vegetative morphology. Ethnogarden to oahs. Lee Ling: Six. 22 Oct Material culture talk. 7. Plants that shelter, transport, decorate. Location TBA. Lee Ling: Seven. 24 Oct UN Day 29 Oct Outdoor if possible. Material culture activity: Thatching Balick: Pages 263, 265, 267, 268 31 Oct Material culture individual presentations. Last names ½ way thru class to Z. 05 Nov Material culture individual presentations A to ½ way thru class. Mat Cult plant essay due 07 Nov Outdoor walk. Flowers! 8. Floral morphology. Sketch flowers. Floral formulas. Floral SVG handout.Lee Ling: 8 12 Nov Fruit! 9. Bring an edible fruit to share with the class. Lee Ling: Chapter nine 14 Nov Outdoor. Sacred plants walk and talk 10. Plants in religious practices. Religious uses and significance of plants. 19 Nov Outdoor. Invasive species. Clidemia hirta (Koster's curse, riahpen rot). Muddy. Wet. Itchy. Coconut oil a must. 21 Nov Outdoor. Banana clean and care. A101 Start 26 Nov Outdoor dirty. Cleaning up and learning the plants of the ethnogarden. Stains happen again. Sweaty, muddy, wet. Review for final. 28 Nov 10. Psychoactive plants. Areca catechu. Piper methysticum: Chemistry and Uses 03 Dec Test two 05 Dec Field Trip: Kava cultural ceremony Location to be determined. Wednesday 11 Dec 4:20 to 6:20 A field practical final in the ethnobotanical garden identifying the plants and their uses.
Botanic studiesEthnographic experiences
1. Most primitive, least evolved: cyanobacteria
More complex, more evolved
2. Primitive plants: Mosses: spore capsules, spores, sperm, eggs; Monilophytes [ferns]: sori, spores, sperm, eggs; Lycophytes: cones, spores, sperm, eggs
4. Seeded non-flowering plants: Gymnosperms: cones, pollen, naked seeds
Most complex, most evolved: Seeded flowering plants (Angiosperms):
6. vegetative morphology: leaf shapes 8. floral morphology: flower shapes 9. fruits
3. Healing plants: Plants that heal us
5. Food plants: Plants that feed us
7. Material culture plants: Plants that provide shelter, transportation, clothing, and that decorate our bodies, homes, and gardens
10. Sacred plants: Plants that entertain, inspirit,and enrapture us,plants that inspire legends.

❧ Attendance policy: Students who have more than four unexcused absences prior to the last day to withdraw with a W will be withdrawn from the course by the instructor. Exceeding four unexcused absences after the last day to withdraw with a W can result in failure of the course. Absences for medical or academic reasons can be excused by a note from a medical official or a faculty sponsor.
❧ Attendance and participation are important in this class. The class is in part a set of shared experiences. Being absent not only has a negative impact on your own learning, being absent has a negative impact on the social cohesion of the class as a whole. This is a participatory class.
❧ Come to class prepared with your "yam, sakau, and pig" (having read the text, prepared to take notes, and ready to learn or give a presentation) and you will do well. If you are absent or unprepared, then your "title" may get "jumped" (your grade may be negatively affected). This class is all about actively being here.
❧ Field trips, hikes, and outings: Rain or shine, on and off trail. Hikes over difficult, steep, muddy, and slippery terrain are conducted. Outdoor work days are in pouring rain or hot sun and involve sharp objects such as machetes. Plants grow where they want to, not where it is convenient for us. Plant knowledge gained on hikes is testable material: Ethnobotany is a listen, watch, experience, do, and learn field!
❧ Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons, or by appointment or walk in.
❧ No betelnut chewing in class due to college regulations. No food, drink, or gum in the science laboratories.
❧ Assessment: Tests and examinations include coverage of student learning outcomes on outline. Some outcomes are assessed via presentations. Grade is based on participation in course activities, performing presentations, and achievement on tests. Being here and being an active participant are crucial to success in this course.
❧ Ethnographic individual presentations are oral presentations to the class. Healing plants presentation: bring the plant. Material culture: bring the item. Fruit: bring the fruit. Some students will have to work with the instructor to find suitable material for presentations.
❧ The presentation of a traditional food is done as a group. Each culture presents a single food, bringing that food to share with the class.
❧ Work phone: 320-2480 Extension 228. Cell: 922-1858, 970-5318 Home phone: 320-2962. Email:
Program learning outcomes:
ANR 2 Demonstrate basic competencies in the management of land resources and food production.
GE 3.4 Define and explain the concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science.
GE 4.2 Demonstrate knowledge of the major cultural issues of a person's own culture as well as other cultures.
MicroSt 2 Demonstrate proficiency in the geographical, historical, and cultural literacy of the Micronesian region.
Course learning outcomes:
1. Identify local plants, their reproductive strategies, and morphology.
1.1 Identify local plants by local and scientific names.
1.2 Compare and contrast the distinguishing reproductive characteristics of different phyla of plants including mosses, seedless vascular plants, gymnosperms, and angiosperms.
1.3 Label the key morphological features of the different phyla of plants including mosses, seedless vascular plants, gymnosperms, and angiosperms including the morphology of the reproductive structures.
2. Communicate and describe the cultural use of local plants for healing, as food, as raw materials, and in traditional social contexts.
2.1 Communicate and describe the healing uses of local plants and the cultural contexts in which that healing occurs.
2.2 Communicate and describe the food uses of local plants and describe the production process.
2.3 Communicate and describe the use of plants for transportation, for shelter, and in other material culture applications.
2.4 Describe the use, role, and importance of psychoactive plants within their traditional ceremonial cultural contexts.