The Elements of Botany

Asa GRAY (1810 - 1888)

The book is intended to ground beginners in Structural Botany and the principles of vegetable life, mainly as concerns Flowering or Phanerogamous plants, with which botanical instruction should always begin; also to be a companion and interpreter to the Manuals and Floras by which the student threads his flowery way to a clear knowledge of the surrounding vegetable creation. Such a book, like a grammar, must needs abound in technical words, which thus arrayed may seem formidable; nevertheless, if rightly apprehended, this treatise should teach that the study of botany is not the learning of names and terms, but the acquisition of knowledge and ideas. No effort should be made to commit technical terms to memory. Any term used in describing a plant or explaining its structure can be looked up when it is wanted, and that should suffice. On the other hand, plans of structure, types, adaptations, and modifications, once understood, are not readily forgotten; and they give meaning and interest to the technical terms used in explaining them. - Summary by Asa Gray

Genre(s): Reference, Life Sciences

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 SECTION I. INTRODUCTORY J. M. Smallheer
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Play 02 SECTION II. FLAX AS A PATTERN PLANT J. M. Smallheer
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Play 03 SECTION III. MORPHOLOGY OF SEEDLINGS Corrinne LePage
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Play 04 SECTION IV. GROWTH FROM BUDS; BRANCHING laurencetrask
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Play 05 SECTION V. ROOTS laurencetrask
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Play 06 SECTION VI. STEMS laurencetrask
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Play 07 SECTION VII. LEAVES -Part 1 laurencetrask
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Play 08 SECTION VII. LEAVES -Part 2-4 laurencetrask
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Play 09 SECTION VIII. FLOWERS. Part 1-3 MacKenzie Nikol Greenwood
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Play 10 SECTION VIII. FLOWERS. Part 4-5 MacKenzie Nikol Greenwood
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Play 11 SECTION IX. STAMENS IN PARTICULAR Kathleen Moore
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Play 12 SECTION X. PISTILS IN PARTICULAR Kathleen Moore
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Play 13 SECTION XI. OVULES Kathleen Moore
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Play 14 SECTION XII. MODIFICATIONS OF THE RECEPTACLE Kathleen Moore
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Play 15 SECTION XIII. FERTILIZATION Larry Wilson
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Play 16 SECTION XIV. THE FRUIT Corrinne LePage
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Play 17 SECTION XV. THE SEED Larry Wilson
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Play 18 SECTION XVI. VEGETABLE LIFE AND WORK. Parts 1-4 Corrinne LePage
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Play 19 SECTION XVI. VEGETABLE LIFE AND WORK. Parts 5-6 Corrinne LePage
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Play 20 SECTION XVII. CRYPTOGAMOUS OR FLOWERLESS PLANTS Peter Yearsley
00:43:10
Play 21 SECTION XVIII. CLASSIFICATION AND NOMENCLATURE Amy Gramour
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Play 22 SECTION XIX. BOTANICAL WORK Corrinne LePage
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