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Quiz: What is the Plant Family?

Plants are divided up into families, which makes it easier to tell which plants are related to other plants. That is, all the plants in a plant family are closely related. They all share certain traits that are distinctive.

Family names are usually scientific, but a family is often also called by a representative species or genus. Thus, the family called Lamiaceae is represented by the genus Menta, which is the mints and Lamiaceae is usually known as the mint family. All true mints have square stems and there are other traits that members of the family have in common. It should be noted that using the common designation can sometimes be confusing because more than one representative plant may be used, though they are all related.

In this quiz, a common plant is named. The goal is to match that plant with the correct family, given in the answers. In other words, what plant family does it belong to? It is expected that this quiz will be more challenging than most, but it should also be fun.

All of the listed plants also have one thing in common, but this isn’t part of the quiz. Still, you can try to guess what it is if you want to.

  • What family does Thyme belong to?

    • Mint family
    • Mustard family
    • Rose family
  • What family do pears belong to?

    • Aster family
    • Rose family
    • Pine family
  • Eggplants or Aubergines belong to what family?

    • Nightshade family
    • Rose family
    • Aster family
  • Chives belong to what plant family?

    • Amaryllis family
    • sunflower family
    • mint family
  • Garden sage belongs to what plant family?

    • Aster family
    • Rose family
    • Mint family
  • Sugarcane belongs to what plant family?

    • Grass family
    • Nightshade family
    • Pea family
  • Raspberries belong to what plant family?

    • Blueberry family
    • Yam family
    • Rose family
  • Spinach belongs to what plant family?

    • Mint family
    • Mustard family
    • Amaranth family
  • Watercress belongs to what plant family?

    • Mustard family
    • Amaranth family
    • Aster family
  • Lettuce belongs to what plant family?

    • Mustard family
    • Amaranth family
    • Aster family

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