Identification of plants is a major problem for people who work on plants, or people whose work is related to plants such as biologists and people who work on medicinal plants, because the number of plant species in the world reaches more than 300 thousand. This was conveyed by Suratman, S.Si, an expert lecturer in Plant Taxonomy as a resource person at the Workshop on Determination and Extraction of Medicinal Plants on Friday-Saturday (17-18/11/2017) at Pondok Sari Hotel Tawangmangu.
“In this world there are no objects (plants) that are identical or exactly the same, so determination is needed to determine the name of the plant,” continued Suratman.
The Workshop on Determination and Extraction of Medicinal Plants was held by the Integrated Mathematics and Natural Sciences Lab, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UNS attended by laboratory assistants and assistants within the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The purpose of this activity is to increase the insight and knowledge of laboratory assistants and laboratory assistants in determining plants.
Furthermore, Suratman said, there are several ways to determine plants, including using a determination/identification key. It can also be done by comparing the pictures in reference books, asking for expert help, using preserved specimens in the herbarium and it could also be by comparing the collections of plants in the Bogor Botanical Gardens. [M2]