Course code MežZ3042

Credit points 2.50

Forest Botany and Phytocenology

Total Hours in Course100

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Date of course confirmation08.11.2011

Responsible UnitDepartment of Silviculture

Course developer

author Mežkopības katedra

Aigars Indriksons

Dr. silv.

Course abstract

Forest Botany and Phytocenology examines the taxons and classification of plants. Students obtain knowledge in morphology, reproduction and anatomy of plants. The characterisation of lichenes, mosses, pteridophytes, angiosperms and gymnosperms is given. The families and species of dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous plants are described morphologically, distribution in forest site types is given.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students have obtained knowledge in plant morphology, anatomy, systematics and phytocenology. Students have skills to recognize and determine the plant species, based on the knowledge obtained, as well on the plant guide book. Students are able to explain the functions of a plant in connection to the anatomical structure. Students have competence to analyse the growing conditions of the forest ground cover vegetation and to describe the forest site types according to vegetation.

Compulsory reading

1. Priedītis N. Augu ģeogrāfija un daudzveidība. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2009. 176 lpp.
2. Liepiņa L., Kazāka R. Ziedēšanas prieks Latvijas mežos un ārēs. Rīga: SIA Vizuālais elements, 2008. 207 lpp.
3. Eglīte Z., Šulcs V. Latvijas vaskulāro augu flora: Lycopodiophyta, Equisetophyta, Polypodiophyta. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte, 2000. 88 lpp.
4. Mossberg B., Stenberg L. Den nya nordiska floran. Stockholm: Wahlstrom & Widstrand, 2003. 928 p.

Further reading

1. Meža enciklopēdija. Red. J. Broks. Rīga: Zelta grauds, 2003. 281 lpp.
2. Fermēlens N. Derīgie augi. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2003. 320 lpp.
3. Mauriņš A., Zvirgzds A. Dendroloģija. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2006. 452 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latvijas Veģetācija ISSN 1407-3641
2. Ботанический журнал ISSN 0006-8136
3. Journal of Botany and Plant Biology ISSN 2078-0265.