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Botany Primer

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In recent years I’ve regretted not taking an introductory botany course in college, so I was glad when I got an e-mail the other day pointing to a free pdf document called Botany Primer. That 79-page illustrated primer is the first link at


which also provides links to other documents you may find interesting.

UPDATE: See the additional free resource that’s linked in the first comment below.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 19, 2015 at 12:38 PM

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  1. I recently bookmarked a JSTOR resource called “Global Plants in the Classroom: Botany 101.” It’s a beautifully designed site, easy to use and extraordinarily interesting. It’s interactive, and links to a library of resources. I suspect it would be a nice complement to the resource you’ve provided.


    April 19, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    • I compliment you for quickly offering a worthy complement to the botany primer linked in this post.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 19, 2015 at 1:16 PM

  2. That looks like a very comprehensive and attractive document. It is in my bookmark folder now.

    Jim in IA

    April 19, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    • Let’s hope that not too far down the road we’ll have absorbed a good part of that information.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 19, 2015 at 9:38 PM

  3. That’s one of my regrets, too. Thank you (and your reader) for the links.


    April 19, 2015 at 9:49 PM

  4. That is pretty great. When I transferred colleges, for some reason I didn’t want to take botany so I convinced my adviser that I’d had the equivalent of a course rolled into Biology 101. Sort of true, and I didn’t think it would matter as I was intending to be a veterinarian. All these years later here I am teaching myself botany~ I never saw that coming! The joke is on me but then, I’m happier doing things my own way.


    April 20, 2015 at 8:12 AM

  5. Thanks for linking this, Steve. I will go through the lessons too.

    Steve Gingold

    April 20, 2015 at 12:35 PM

  6. Great, thanks for sharing!


    April 20, 2015 at 6:58 PM

  7. You know a lot about plants!

    jane tims

    April 21, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    • Oh, would that it were so. In just the first dozen pages of the Botany Primer I’ve learned a bunch of things.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2015 at 2:13 PM

  8. Thanx for sharing – through photography I have begun to learn the names of birds and various plants. Sources like this can be very helpful so that you’re not calling the subject “some sort of purple wild flower” etc –


    April 21, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    • I know what you mean, Nora, having been there myself. I’ve advanced since my early days but there’s still so much more that I don’t know.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2015 at 4:37 PM

  9. Very useful link. Thanks!


    April 30, 2015 at 5:15 PM

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