BIO380.5 Native Chilean Flora

Taught in Spanish at Pontificia Universidad Católica and may not be offered every semester.  In this course you’ll learn the main characteristics of the native flora of Chile, their biology, taxonomic classification, geographic distribution and economic and phytogeographic importance.

The goals of the course are to:

  1. Differentiate the vegetative and reproductive cycles of the main species of the native communities.
  2. Recognize vegetative and vegetative morphological characteristics, that allow the identification of the main native species.
  3. Compare the phenomorphology of the main native species.
  4. Differentiate the taxonomic groups to which the most important species belong in Chile.
  5. Phylogenetically classify the main taxonomic groups present in the flora of Chile.
  6. Characterize the main families of native vascular plants.
  7. Construct dichotomous keys to identify the main native species.
  8. Acquire a suitable scientific language that facilitates the study of the subject matter of the course.
  9. Explain the origin and factors that have determined the current composition and distribution of the main plant communities of the country.
  10. Recognize the structure and classification of the forest communities of Chile.
  11. Describe the main plant communities of Chile.
  12. Identify the main morph-physiological adaptations of the woody species of the Chilean forests.
  13. Indicate the main climatic, topographical, flowering, fruiting, and disturbance patterns of Chile’s temperate forests.
  14. Know the importance and location of wild protected areas by the state in Chile.
  15. Study mechanisms for the use, commercialization and sustainable use of native species used by humanity.

(PUC #AGC220)

Department: Biology

Location: Santiago

Credits: 3