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Botany in a Day Tutorial (46 mins) The Patterns Method of Plant Identification

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http://www.hopspress.com Looking for a faster, easier, and engaging way to identify plants? Related plants have similar characteristics, and they often have similar uses. Rather than learning new plants one-at-a-time, it is possible to learn them by the hundreds, based on plant family patterns. Each family of related plants has unique patterns for identification. Learn to recognize these patterns, and discover them again and again in the plants you encounter. It is possible to instantly recognize a plant never before seen, and in many cases, to know its edible or medicinal properties on the spot-even before you have identified it down to the species! http://www.hopspress.com
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Guppy Guy (3 дня назад)
gourd family yo............gourd family
Guppy Guy (3 дня назад)
So apples are in the rose family..............already knew that..........now I just know why
Sofia Silva (21 день назад)
thanks so much, it open my mind a lot! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
Peter Mullen (1 месяц назад)
Very helpful, very encouraging. For non botanists, the complexities of flower identification especially edible wild plants seems overwhelming. Like so many challenges in life, breaking them into recognizable patterns/groups makes learning manageable. Making a good video, requires lots of preparation of graphics, and subject matter arrangement, lighting, careful sound recording, and camera direction. "It is tough!" "I know" This was a great video that could be a lot better if the camera stayed focused "closely" on each picture for a "pregnant moment". I say that because it sends a signal to the viewer. This image is important to observe closely. Each time a critical leap of new information comes along it's important to define it carefully distinctly to isolate the new concept. The card games are a great tool. Please do more. Millions of us crave new understanding. life only has so many days to take it all in. We need your help. Thanks.
wreck of the hesperas (1 месяц назад)
Can you keep a beehive in a greenhouse overwinter, to pollinate vegetable plants?
Merinda Carstens (1 месяц назад)
Thnak you! I've been trying to figure out how identification works, and how I will memorise all the information, and this is a great start!
Muhammad Saikat Rahman (2 месяца назад)
Mr. Elpel...thanks for your accredited way of teaching. I am surprised with that! I like your way of learning the families...So, what may I do to collect those books and materials you taught with? I live in Bangladesh.. How can I get or buy those from my country? I think those would be very useful to my students as well....(My name is Muhammad Saikat Rahman). I am an assistant professor of Botany.
01IveR01 (2 месяца назад)
I think I might buy the book but I'm more of a visual hands on learner. Hope to learn more on plants & herbs for a more wellness lifestyle.
tammygurl64 (2 месяца назад)
You have a unique way of teaching with the card games. ☺ I'm in Georgia and have lots of tall (5 ft +/- ) bushy wildflowers with yellow blooms (5 or 6 petals) blooming right now. It's driving me crazy not knowing what they are. They may be thin leafed sunflowers but not sure the petal count is correct and can't find a photo online to compare the leaves and blooms. Are wildflowers identification covered in your book? Thanks!
tammygurl64 (2 месяца назад)
Thomas J Elpel. Thanks! 😀
Thomas J Elpel (2 месяца назад)
The card game covers eight families. The book covers about 100 families, which probably includes your specimens. http://www.hopspress.com/Books/Botany_in_a_Day.htm
Peter Moore (3 месяца назад)
Well done! I just ordered your book.
mark lewis (3 месяца назад)
would the book b functional in southern hemisphere?..(S Africa)
Thomas J Elpel (3 месяца назад)
Yes, partially. I've used it in New Zealand. Readers have used in Africa. It will work for many plants in South Africa, but not others.
kevin dawe (3 месяца назад)
Really enjoyed this. Very useful. Thank you.
Lauren Brown (4 месяца назад)
Wow that video was amazing! My friend got a sunburn a little while ago and I remembered you saying that plants from the mallow family cure that and I fixed her sunburn. Keep up the great work!
alexander frost (6 месяцев назад)
My great grandmother was like your grandmother. She had a lot of kids and taught them all about gardening, wild herbs, what heals and what you can eat. My grandfather still lives by this and thats how my mom grew up. Id love to become a botanist or plant-biologist. Im in pennsylvania, can you recommend any good programs for me? Im especially interested in medicinal plants and teas.
Thomas J Elpel (6 месяцев назад)
I'm leading a two-week Botany & Foraging Intensive August 1 - 15, 2018. Come join the fun! http://www.greenuniversity.com/Class_Schedule/Botany_Foraging_Intensive.htm
alexander frost (6 месяцев назад)
I work in amazon and have come across your book before. You just sold another
Lunker Lander (7 месяцев назад)
I just bought Botany in a Day. It's been really helpful. Thank you!
Sally Lauper (8 месяцев назад)
Question: Here the rose family is described as "5 petals, many stamens," but what folks usually call a "rose" seems to have many many petals- are some of the petals actually sepals? are the petals folded to seem more numerous?
Thomas J Elpel (8 месяцев назад)
They did have five petals. The extra petals were bred from stamens, as described in Botany in a Day. :)
Kris Fann (9 месяцев назад)
Wow, so hard to believe that there a such kind people like you in the world who are so willing to share!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I am going to buy your books and the card game. I love your granny!!
Doug Christensen (9 месяцев назад)
This video is perfect!
Amanda Brack (9 месяцев назад)
Wonderful video!! I paused this in the middle and went and bought your children book, and I will be purchasing the cards and the other book soon. Thank you for your thoughtful video!
tsering norbu (10 месяцев назад)
Thank you sir :)
Alexander Ercegovic (11 месяцев назад)
That was a great tutorial. Very well explained and your system is brilliant. I am going to look at getting those cards as I want to share them with my daughter too. Well done.
Gregg Southard (1 год назад)
Excellent Tom and Janeth...Thank you...
Brandon Childs (1 год назад)
Fantastic work sir. Looking to start attending the University of Arizona beginning of next year in Plant sciences with hopes of becoming an Enthnobotanist someday! Thank you.
Francesca Extracrispy (1 год назад)
precious video.. thank you!!
Frostproof (1 год назад)
Your Grandmother's influence is a true blessing and God bless you for sharing us!
Andy Higgs (1 год назад)
Sorry for all the questions. I read that the buttercup (ranunculaceae) family has many different genus (geni?) that have strikingly different characteristics, for example anemone, celandine and clematis, all have different numbers of petals. So in this instance you would have to be able to identify the genus name, not only the family, is that correct?
Andy Higgs (1 год назад)
Thomas J Elpel Thank you! Your work is wonderful and I am looking forward to my copy of Botany In A Day arriving.
Thomas J Elpel (1 год назад)
Most families have some kind of a pattern. In the case of the Buttercups, the best pattern is the hooked pistil tips: http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/Plant_Families/Ranunculaceae.htm
Andy Higgs (1 год назад)
You mention Water hemlock and poison hemlock. That's interesting, as I think in Britain what we call 'Water Hemlock' is the poisonous variety!
Anna Korn (9 месяцев назад)
it is poisonous in North America as well.
Jen Mc (1 год назад)
Very charming! I can't wait to delve into more! :)
Chase Louie (1 год назад)
Those Aster Flowers are blowing my mind!
Melissa Beckham (1 год назад)
Wonderful, clear, and concise. Thanks for this friendly introduction!
omg hey there (1 год назад)
OMG!! My cat loves cards too. Seriously, the minute any card or post it is sitting on my desk, she immediately goes for it. She loves sliding into and scattering them :D
omg hey there (1 год назад)
this is so great
rainbowloveyh (1 год назад)
I am a plant science student, and unfortunately I didn't have the chance to study more about plant systematics and classification but I'm quite interested about this subject. thank you so much sir, your videos r much helpful, hopefully I can buy ur book someday ☺
Melanie Rainspiritdragon (1 год назад)
Thank you for the awesome video!
lorry geewhizzbang (1 год назад)
this is great...only one question though concerning the grass flowers...carnations have those bump also but are not in the grass family?
Thomas J Elpel (1 год назад)
The "knees" or nodes are helpful to distinguish grasses from rushes and sedges, which otherwise look similar to the Grass family. Carnations don't look anything like grasses, so it is unlikely to confuse them. Nodes are also common in the unrelated Buckwheat family: http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/Plant_Families/Polygonaceae.htm
Inge Leonora-den Ouden (1 год назад)
I would love to have games and books like these for the plants in the Netherlands . Maybe I could try to write a Dutch version of Botany in a Day 😊
Rachel Ramirez (1 год назад)
Greatly appreciate this video!!
John Browning (1 год назад)
This was a very enjoyable video.  I had already bought the book, but it had been sitting on the shelf collecting dust since my service-connected injuries started getting worse and worse.  Now that they are stabilized a bit, I want to pursue a new career path as a self-educated herbalist.  Videos like this help so much.  Thank you again.
gratefull lifestyle (1 год назад)
I appreciate the manner the video help me understand plants
Tammy Adams (1 год назад)
Payday hurry up and get here so I can buy the book. I think I can actually learn the flowers & families with your way of teaching. This is Awesome!
Will Dahl (1 год назад)
Studying for my vascular plant systematics exam right now, got 60 families to remember... Thanks for the help :)
Honey Dubey (1 год назад)
Im going to buy your book but where can I find these flashcards? I couldnt find them on amazon.
palacepainter2 (1 год назад)
Honey Dubey they are on Amazon now.
Thomas J Elpel (1 год назад)
Here is a link for the card game: http://www.hopspress.com/Games/index.html And here is a link for classes: http://greenuniversity.com/
The Watering Hole Woodcraft School (1 год назад)
Does trees work the same ?
The Watering Hole Woodcraft School (1 год назад)
How many tree families are there ?
The Watering Hole Woodcraft School (1 год назад)
Thanks a lot !
Thomas J Elpel (1 год назад)
Pretty much. For example, here is the Willow Family: http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/Plant_Families/Salicaceae.htm
Santosh M Kumbharkar (1 год назад)
good video!
Grigoris Deoudis (1 год назад)
Thank you, was really helpful. I marked the book as 'to read' in GoodReads but I live in Europe. I hope to find a similar book for the flora of Europe.
Anna Korn (9 месяцев назад)
the principle holds worldwide. The eight families are widespread and the characters he suggests you learn will work anywhere. There might be other families you need to learn in other parts of the world. There are way more than 8 families in the Flowering Plants.
Grigoris Deoudis (1 год назад)
Yes, it is available at the bol.com (the Amazon.com equivalent in the Netherlands, for books).
Thomas J Elpel (1 год назад)
Botany in a Day is used in Europe and all over the world. It is available from some European booksellers.
crowesarethebest (1 год назад)
Great tutorial.
Smilie Face (1 год назад)
What if the plant isn't flowering and you only have the leaves and plant shape to go by?
Smilie Face (1 год назад)
Thanks. I love your book! Was trying to figure what the difference is between Lomatium lucidum in the parsley family and a live oak seedling from a photo. They both look the same. Is there any other identifier than to wait to see if it gets umbels?
Thomas J Elpel (1 год назад)
Flowers typically offer the easiest and most reliable patterns for identifying plants, and it doesn't hurt to wait for the bloom. Most plant families also have good secondary patterns for identification, as detailed in Botany in a Day. Learn a family by its flowers first, then learn to recognize other plants in the same family by the leaves and stems. :)
fireflower911 (1 год назад)
Great vid. Love the cat. They always want to be on top of your important papers, don't they? 😄
Lora Astrofish (1 год назад)
miraculous--I just found the name of it, now I know--its called  mustache plant, I'm happy
Lora Astrofish (1 год назад)
I was given small plant , but I dont' know anything about it or the name of it. I would like to identify it and to know more about it. It was given my non English speaking old woman , she did not know the name of the plant.
Kelly Diez (1 год назад)
i loved this video i am a botany major in college and i love flowers
Deandre Scott (1 год назад)
This is great,thank you for shareing.please make more you are a fantastic teacher.
Ann N (1 год назад)
OMG!! I loved this video. When you first opened the book while sitting in front of the brick wall it reminded me of the school in the village i attended in Kenya. We used to learn about plants in this way, the teacher would take the whole class outside to look at the plants. Not to mention it's a coffee and substance farming region so listening to you talk about the plants i grew up with in a scientific way is almost tear jerking. Kids in developed countries miss so much of life! side note, I finally got some bougainvilleas, two of them, I hope they survive my patio tonight(freezing temps)... never thought that would be a problem in Texas. Excellent video.
Willow D'Arcy (1 год назад)
I want to be just like your grandmother when I grow up.
Jorge Axel Garcia Caudillo (1 год назад)
What other books would you recommend for plant identification apart from yours? I am a biology student and am looking to buy severeal books for this, yours looks pretty awesome definitely gonna buy it.
Floyd LaDuke (1 месяц назад)
... your book is awesome ... esp the new one with color ... [have both now] ...
Thomas J Elpel (1 год назад)
Yes, we do ship to Mexico! http://www.hopspress.com/Books/Botany_in_a_Day.htm
Jorge Axel Garcia Caudillo (1 год назад)
By the way, do you ship to mexico or only in usa?
Austin Funk (2 года назад)
"If you like em, throw em in your salad. That's the way it works.." haha
Austin Funk (2 года назад)
This is under appreciated genius
omg hey there (1 год назад)
he's really gifted at organizing a lot of obscure information in such a way that children and people with learning disorders like me can learn easily. How rare that is!
Montana Winyan (2 года назад)
I love your walking visual aid.
Dorothea Mclean (2 года назад)
How do I order the playing cards at what site??
Thomas J Elpel (2 года назад)
Here is the website: http://www.hopspress.com :-)
Lea Joelle Jackson (2 года назад)
THIS IS SO COOL! you make my curious brain LOVE to learn!!! (: good job 👍
flamenco flamingo (2 года назад)
I am a beginning reader. What's the meaning of three numbers in ( / / ) for each introduced plant stand for ? Thank you :)
Lisa Pratt (6 месяцев назад)
I’m so excited to have found this video! I am going to order the book and several decks of these cards for my Junior Master Gardeners class. Genius!
flamenco flamingo (2 года назад)
Thank you !! I haven't seen such useful keys in Part I for identification different plants in our country 臺灣(Taiwan) before. I think your book will help me a lot to understand APG IV !!
Thomas J Elpel (2 года назад)
See page 3 in the 2013 color edition of Botany in a Day: http://www.hopspress.com/Books/Botany_in_a_Day.htm
David Smith (2 года назад)
You just sold another book!! Great video.
Mono Mango (2 года назад)
you rule
Alla Love (2 года назад)
ShortNanxious (2 года назад)
smart. .. like the card game... makes sense
Tommy Luksha (2 года назад)
This will surely help anyone as it did me! Great work. I am QUITE thankful to have gotten the books and cards!
Lois Welden (2 года назад)
Excellent way to learn plants and their patterns for someone that knows nothing about them.
Shannon Franklin (2 года назад)
Brilliant! I cannot tell you how many books I've purchased to learn to identify plants. You've simplified this process tremendously. Thank you.
ThumbyOne (2 года назад)
Excellent video Thomas, this should be a part of every horticultural course! I only wish I had come across this video 8 months ago when I started school ha ha, better late than never I suppose :) Just ordered all 3 books and the cards, can't wait til they get here!!
Harold Goodman (2 года назад)
Even if you believe you cannot afford the book, you should still buy it! This one book has everything that you will need to identify what grows around you and how to use it. There is nothing better and probably never will be. If you can buy gas for a car, buy coffee or whatever you can buy this, too.
Syed Hashmi (2 года назад)
Interesting information about plants. You know, every time I step outside my backyard and look at all the different plants and trees, I cannot help but fall in love with just how beautiful they look, which made me come to your video out of curiousity.
asdf GARDENING (2 года назад)
Great video!!! Exactly the kind of information I was looking for!!
Alicia Blake (2 года назад)
Thanks for your video, interesting, relaxing and fun. I don't have kids, but I still love the idea of your cards and kids book. Nice Job! I think I'll have to buy all three!
Jason Ducat (2 года назад)
Thomas, I wanted to say thank you for taking the time to do this video. It is required viewing for a university class and it was wonderful. Well done sir!
greendrake100 (2 года назад)
Thanks really good information
Floren McDonald LeBaron (2 года назад)
I am only on third of the way done with your video and I am having so much fun. I am an avid gardener. I have been studying computer science and I recently decided to study botany. You live the life I seek. Birds, pets, plants growing in the house, etc. I can tell you are passionate tool. Great ideas with the cards and such.
fred sub (2 года назад)
Wow! the best Ive ever seen
Angel Armstead (2 года назад)
This book is going on my wishlist.
Little Leigh (2 года назад)
Can anyone recommend anything else to watch like this? I cannot afford to buy the book unfortunately but found the explanation of type identification extremely useful.
Bugs, plants, n spellbooks (2 месяца назад)
If you have a library card you can get the book for free for a while
Shoulders of Giants (2 года назад)
Is there a caged bird in the background?
Mindy Capello (2 года назад)
enjoyed! great info!
VaultGames (2 года назад)
Great video! now I'm going to get your book!
Kay Emkay (3 года назад)
Can this be captioned, please. For the deaf and hard of hearing? Thank you!
Radek Maciaszek (3 года назад)
Great video! I would buy your book if you would have a kindle version.
Phillip Smith (3 года назад)
Kitty alert at ~9:30
Phillip Smith (3 года назад)
Kitty alert at ~9:30
Chris Noble (3 года назад)
Excellent video and explanation. Slap flower is a regular game after dinner with family!
Solo bushcraft 82 (3 года назад)
Hi sir will this book help me here in the uk?
Jefferdaughter (3 года назад)
+Solo bushcraft 82 - The plant families are the same the world over.  Most herbaceous plants in the UK are in the same plant families as those found in what Elpel calls the 'frost belt' of the US, and slightly southward.  The specific species will vary in some cases, but many of the plants we have here you also have their, especially those called 'weeds' but which are often valuable edible and/or medicinal plants.
Paul Smith (3 года назад)
thanks I placed my order last week. it should be in the mail on its way now.
ReturntoNatureSkills (3 года назад)
Great video! <3
Karen Runnels (3 года назад)
Thanks so much for this!!
McLovin (3 года назад)
I just bought the 6th edition, awesome :)
Travis Henry (3 года назад)
This is golden
Thomas J Elpel (3 года назад)
How much can you learn in less than one hour? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1DePlU15z4
Thomas J Elpel (1 год назад)
Be sure to visit http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/ for more plant families!
wizdumb420 (3 года назад)
nice.. i still have dvd's you made years ago.. i passed one to a friend... surviving on nothing series.. TY !!
skeef roberts (3 года назад)
Thankyou for your effort in putting this together

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