Identifying Genus

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In the hierarchy of biological cl.ification, genus comes above species and below family. In bino.l nomenclature, the genus name forms the first part of the bino.l species name for each species within the genus. E.g. Panthera leo lion and Panthera onca jaguar are two species within the genus Panthera..

Four species of neof the genus Taricha are found in California. All are similar in appearance. In some areas you can use the range maps to identify the species that occurs in your area: South of Santa Cruz, north of Pt..Aronia is a genus of deciduous shrubs, the chokeberries, in the family Rosaceae native to eastern North America and most commonly found in wet woods and swamps. The genus is usually considered to contain two or three species, one of which is naturalized in Europe. A fourth form that has long been cultivated under the name Aronia is now .Wood. Identification of trees by wood is a separate study, but often field identification of trees can be aided by observation of distinctive wood attributes such as color, taste and general structure..With nearly 200 recognized species, the genus Mammillaria is one of the largest of the cactus family. For the most part, these species are globose or ball-shaped plants which grow either solitary or in clumps..

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