Once a number of vascular plant families have been learned you will find that you can recognize them by sight, without having to actually go through a process of identification. You undoubtedly already do this already with genera and species, e.g. recognizing maples (Acer), pines (Pinus), or other common genera, or species of cultural or economic importance, such as domesticated apples (Malus domestica), or peanuts (Arachis hypogea).
Recognition may be based on either or both vegetative and reproductive features.
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