Initially, I was planning to take a plant taxonomy elective on angiosperms because I wanted to learn more about the common plants I see around everyday. I also thought that it would go well with my planned animal taxonomy elective which is about vertebrates. Also, I found it cool to identify plant genus all around you while you walk!. And so I have my eyes set on “Higher Plants”.
However during enrollment, things didn’t go the way I wanted it due to class conflicts. So, I gave it up and enlisted phycology instead. Which was probably not a bad choice at all! I was actually wondering why only a few enrolled here this semester when many are petitioning for this elective to be offered next semester.
Algae are very interesting creatures. They range from microscopic to macroscopic, in many forms from unicellular, colonial, filamentous, or even multicellular. The most notable ones are the seaweeds, kelps, causer of red tides, and green scums in freshwater ponds and other water bodies. I will end the discussion here because there is just too much information that I might go on forever describing them.
What I enjoy most in this elective is identifying microalgal species. At first, I kept on asking my teacher to help me identify algae apart from other stuff and to know their probable genus. And so through experience coupled with my teacher’s guidance, I can confidently say that I have improved. Here are some of the photos of the algae we have seen under the microscope. Almost all of them belong under the division Chlorophyta. Identified genus are Scenedesmus, Pediastrum, Cosmarium, Chlorella, Tetrastrum, Euglena, pennate diatom, desmid, and other Scendesmus-like algae which I am still not familiar with.