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Grasses, Sedges

Identification of grasses, sedges, and rushes is often perceived as one of the most difficult activities in the realm of botany. This is due to many factors, the most prominent of which are that grasses, sedges, and rushes (i.e., “the graminoids”) are usually small, narrow-leaved plants with unassuming, diminutive flowers – and they all look alike!  Even more disconcerting, the “language” surrounding graminoid botany seems like an insurmountable pile of un-pronounceable Latin words with no end in sight. This course is for the disgruntled multitudes who would like to gain a better understanding of grass, sedge, and rush terminology, classification, nomenclature, and most importantly, identification. In addition, those already proficient in plant identification will find this course to be a useful refresher. Emphasis is on native or naturalized species in Virginia, and the use of dichotomous keys in technical plant manuals and regional floras. Instructor: Dr. Douglas DeBerry.

All programs are subject to change.

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Register Member $150

Register Non-Member $180

Wednesday, August 2, 2023 - Thursday, August 3, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Event Details

Grasses, Sedges, Rushes Doug DeBerry

Each class session includes lecture, lab, and field practicum. Attendees should be prepared for some fieldwork homework assignments.

GES: HL, 14, Elective*

The class occurs Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3.

*This class provides 14 hours of elective credit for the Garden Education Series: Gardening and Garden Design Certificate. Non-certificate students welcome.

About the Instructor

Dr. Douglas A. DeBerry, Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the College of William and Mary.