SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany

The course combines the study of the interaction of people and plants with a broad survey of the diversity of plants described both scientifically and culturally. Students will be able to identify, compare, and contrast the distinguishing morphological and reproductive characteristics of plants used by Micronesians; observe, describe, communicate, and experience the uses of plants in their cultural context.

Orthographic note: The spellings of local terms on the page herein are those provided by the students. The student presentations are done under the constructivist theory of education where knowledge is jointly built. The spellings and the spelling variants provide discussion points. There is no intent that these spellings are in any way to be construed as official spellings.

File format note: Some files are in OpenOffice formats such as OpenDocument text and OpenDocument spreadsheet. These files can be accessed by using

Course information

Calendar and syllabus
Ethnobotany course blog

Lecture Support Materials


Virtual Herbarium

Mosses and Seedless Vascular Plants

Course introduction plus Nostoc
Term start student information survey
Deep Green overview for SVP
Deep Green GIF
Deep Green Modified for Ethnobotany hike
SVP Handout
SVP hike local names hand out
SVP hike local names hand out 2006 odthtml
Micronesian languages lower plants

Collecting plants

Collection handout: plant parts necessary and data sheet
Collection lecture plus commonly used local names xref


Botanic Garden field trip hand out
Botanic garden aerial photograph
Botanic garden floraxls
Gymnosperm morphology vocabulary sheet


Micronesian languages higher plants
Vegetative Morph Modification
Floral Morphology
Floral formulas as SVG diagrams
Haruki with SVG floral formulas geolocated


Ethnobotanical Herbarium

Plants that heal

Plants as healers
Language cross-reference for 92 plants in Pohnpei Traditional Garden at Pohnpei campusxlsmap
Pohnpeian plant name to Latin binomial crib sheetxls
Healing plants presentations

Plants that feed

Plants as food
Nanyo.odtHandout (abbreviated variant)html

Plants that shelter, house, clothe, provide mobility, accessorize, adorn, and decorate

Plants in material culture
Coconut oil uses spreadsheetxls
Economic botany: finding information on the world wide web [URL lab]
Ethnobotany URL lab with essay component

Plants that are psychoactive

Psychoactive Lecture
Kava chemical and healing lecturee61 handout e63
Legends of the stone
Pohnpeian sakau ceremony information
Further information on the ceremony in Pohnpeian
Psychoactive ceremony cost justification
Ceremony receipt odt
Ceremony thank-you letter odt

Sakau market reviews
Pohnpeian funeral ceremony
Pohnpeian apology ceremony
Pek pwoapwoaud nan tehnpas: Pohnpeian wedding ceremony

Ethnobotanical gardening

Ethnogarden: Plant options
Ethnogarden inventoryhtmlods
Ethnobotanical garden map as Scalable Vector Graphic in xhtml
Ethnogarden plant donation information sheet

Palikir SVG

Traditional plant garden ethnobotanical information sheets

Wangari Maathai orgGreenbeltProfessor Maathai

Haruki cemetery pages

Haruki cemetery information
Plants of Haruki
Junk of Haruki
Nanyo.odtHandout (abbreviated variant)html
Haruki cemetery map as Scalable Vector Graphic in xhtml

Word Documents

Class list Spring 2002
Jigsaw groups for algae
Jigsaw groups for Seedless Vascular Plants

Other odd ends

Spring 2002 calendar
Spring 2002 SVP Walk in the Rain
Ethnobotany spring 2002 essay final examinatino
Family forest
Genogram software
Ethnobotany original planning document

Student work: Raw and unsorted

Benfita Joseph: Nior
Dorothy En: La'lau
Dorothy En: Piy
Sepe (Kilafwakun) Une: Guava