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This course provides an in-depth overview of the tools and techniques used by botanists to identify woody plants to the species level using winter characteristics. Attendees are exposed to the key characters that differentiate woody plants at different taxonomic levels, including growth form (habit), habitat, bark and the various characteristics of the twigs such as bud size and orientation, bud scales, leaf scars, bundle scars, stipule scars, branch/fruit scars, pith structure, lenticel configuration, spur shoots, armament, fruits and others. Emphasis is on native or naturalized species in Virginia, and the use of dichotomous keys published in various forms. An important focus of the course will be on empowering attendees to “dismantle” some of the terminology surrounding winter plant identification. The course will also review practical considerations for identification of herbaceous (non-woody) plants in winter. Course handbook included, with winter keys provided. Lecture, field and lab practicum.

Fees: Member: $150, Non-Member: $180

All programs are subject to change. Pre-registration through our website is required.

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Register Member $150

Register Non-Member $180

Monday, January 8, 2024 - Tuesday, January 9, 2024
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Event Details

This course takes place over 2 days from 9 am to 5 pm:

  • Monday, January 8
  • Tuesday, January 9

Doug DeBerryAbout the Instructor

Dr. Douglas A. DeBerry, Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at the College of William and Mary, and contributing author on the Flora of Virginia.