Plant Identification for Coastal Southern California
How Does This Course Work?
This course has two goals: learn important species in and near southern California and learn the basics of plant keying.
Classroom time will be spent highlighting key families, genera, and species, and learning to use a plant identification key. Keying plants involves a working understanding of plant anatomy and associated specialized vocabulary. These aspects of plant identification will be a major portion of the classroom time. Participants will also learn how to use web-based resources for identifying plants.
Field time will be spent touring common native habitats and learning the species that comprise them. The class will familiarize participants with riparian, salt and freshwater marsh, sage scrub, and chaparral species.
Course content is useful for plant identification for wetland delineations, the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM), and other species-based field studies.
Each participant will receive a copy of the Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains and Environs and California Plant Families West of the Sierran Crest and Deserts, and other supplemental information. There is also an optional text: San Diego County Native Plants ($27). Instructor: Sward.
Your Course Includes
Plant Identification Reference Books
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|2019 Dates||Locations||Register by Location
|June 3 – 5, 2019||San Diego, CA||Purchase Course|
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