Monday, March 7, 2016

Boraginaceae or Brassicaceae, that is the question!

We've looked at two plant families in my spring tutorial, borages and mustards. Let's review the very basics of their respective family characteristics.


  • Foliage - hairy 
  • Flower - five
  • Fruit - tiny


  • Foliage - at base
  • Flower - four
  • Fruit - spiral staircase
As I tell all my students, regardless of subject matter: Don't guess, THINK! 
If I've done my job as teacher, you have what you need to think it through. 

Look at the photos below and figure out which family (Borage or Mustard) the plant belongs to. That's all you need to do. Answers (plus species and photo credits) in tomorrow's post. 

two photos of the same plant

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