How Do You Identify Plants?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 10:59:02 PM ET
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Botanists identify plants according to key characteristics such as the area in which the plant is growing, the shape of the plant's leaves, the type of bark or lack of bark and the presence or lack of fruit and flowers. Plants are generally divided into six major groups: woodland, aquatic, grass-like, orchids, ferns and flowering non-woodland plants.