Plant Kinds

Plants in Hebrew

During the Creation Week, our wonderful Creator made plants, animals, and man. The plants are quite different from animals and man on many levels. When the plants were formed on day three, He was designing something that would be used for food, produce oxygen, capture and store energy, and so many other things.

Basics of Plants

What is a Plant?

How were Plants Formed?

How did the Creator make the Heavens, the Earth, and the life that is within them? Although theology and science are unable to tell us everything about the Creator and the creation process, we can still gain much insight into the act of creating by looking at the various Hebrew words used in the text and noting the uniqueness of this ability possessed only by the Creator.

Grasses, Herbs, and Trees – Exploring Genesis 1:11

Within the creation account, three major types of plants are given: grasses, herbs, and trees. These types of plants have unique characteristics that distinguish one from another.

After their Kind

One of the challenges of learning about creation is understanding the concept of ‘Created Kinds’. There are numerous places in Scripture which mention the word Kinds in relation to the plants and animals made at the time of creation or found on Noah’s ark during the flood. However, defining these groups has proven somewhat challenging.

Are Plants Alive?

Because it contrasts with the modern evolutionary concepts of biology so much, the point that plants are not considered alive within a scriptural viewpoint should be clarified.

Plant Classification

Plant Taxonomy

The Floral Formula

Almost every part of a plant can be used to help in identification. Leaves are the most common and usually visible for most, if not all, of the year. Bark, roots, and fruit / spores are less commonly applied, but sometimes very useful. Among the Angiosperms (flowering plants), the flowers are very useful in helping to determine a kind. The floral formula uses the morphological structure (form) of the flower including the calyx / sepals (K), corolla / petals (C), androecium / stamens (A), and the gynoecium (G).

Plant Kinds

As is generally occurring within animal baramin, the family level seems to be a satisfactory default level for beginning to determine Created Kinds in plants. Although the plant sections are far from complete, based on work so far it is estimated that there will be about 44 kinds of Pteridophyte / fern kinds, 12 gymnosperm / cone-bearing kinds, and 365 angiosperm / flowering kinds. In general, this is down about 10% from the number of Families given by evolutionary taxonomy. As further research occurs, especially with increased access to hybridization records and use of the floral formula with angiosperm plants, these numbers are expected to change.

The Care and Use of Plants

Plant Use according to Scripture

During the Creation Week, our wonderful Creator made plants, animals, and man. As one explores each of these categories, it becomes obvious and clear that plants are more basic than animals and man and that they serve a different purpose. When the plants were formed on day three, He was designing something unique that would be useful for man on many levels including producing food, oxygen, building materials, and even stored energy.

IV. Last Updated: 01/01/2016
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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