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Botany: Suggested Websites

Native Plants of Hawaii and the Pacific

Botanical Names/Families/Taxonomy

Erythrina sandwicensis

Image From: Forest & Kim Starr

Hawaiian Ethnobotany ONLINE Database

Passiflora tarminiana

Image From: Forest & Kim Starr

What is Taxonomy?

TAXONOMY is the classification of organisms based on natural and evolutionary relationships, which are decided on with morphological and physiological similarities. 

These natural relationships are ordered in a hierarchical system:

Kingdom

   Phylum

      Class

         Order

            Family

               Genus

                  Species

Example:

Apple Guave (Psidium guajava L.)

Plantae

   Magnoliophyta

      Magnoliopsida

         Myrtales

            Myrtaceae

               Psidium

                  Psidium guajava L.

     

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