Introduction to Plant Identification

Start Date
11/08/2018
End Date
11/09/2018
Description
This two-day course will teach you the basics of plant classification and biology to help you better understand how plants are grouped and identified. This course is taught by Certified Tree Expert Ted Szczawinski. He will give you plenty of examples and demonstrations so that you will have confidence in identifying, keying out, and talking intelligently about landscape plants.

Day One – November 5, 2015

9:00 am Introduction and Course Objectives
(Course Material Overview)
9:15 am Deciphering the Classification System
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species
10:15 am BREAK
10:30 am The Binomial System (Genus, Species, cultivars & varieties)
Scope, Purpose and application
11:15 am Field Exercise “Applying a Dichotomous Key”
(Deciduous, Coniferous & Evergreen - outdoor)
12:15 pm IPI Deciduous: Young, Established and Mature Plants
Plant Parts (buds, stems, foliage, flowers, fruit)
Deciduous Plants (silhouette, growth form/habit)
Environmental Clues (location, native, invasive, planted)
Collecting Field Samples Properly
(cuttings, leaf presses, digital photographs)
12:45 pm LUNCH
1:15 pm IPI Deciduous (continued)
1:45 pm Field Exercise “Identifying Deciduous Plants”
(Judicious Application of Knowledge – outdoor)
2:15 pm Additional ID Resources,
(Extension service, Web sites, Text)
2:45 pm Documenting Your 25 Most Common Species
(Shade Trees, Ornamentals Trees, Shrubs)
3:30 pm ADJOURN

Day 2 – November 6, 2015

9:00 am Introduction and Course Objectives
(Course Material Overview)
9:15 am Review of Classification System
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species
9:45 am Review Binomial System (Genus, Species, Cultivars & Varieties)
Scope, Purpose and Application
10:00 am BREAK
10:15 am Field Exercise “Applying a Dichotomous Key”
(Coniferous & Evergreen - Outdoor)
11:45 am LUNCH
12:30 pm IPI Conifers & Evergreens: Young, Established and Mature Plants
Plant Parts (buds, stems, foliage, flowers, Cones)
Coniferous Plants (silhouette, growth form/habit)
Environmental Clues (location, native & planted)
Collecting Field Samples Properly
(cuttings, leaf presses, digital photographs)
1:15 pm Field Exercise “Identifying Conifers & Evergreens Plants”
(Judicious Application of Knowledge – Outdoor)
2:30 pm BREAK
2:45 pm Additional ID Resources,
(Extension Service, Web Sites, Text)
3:00 pm Documenting Your 15 Most Common Species
(Conifer & Evergreen Trees, Shrubs)
3:30 pm ADJOURN
Location
New Brunswick, NJ
Distance Learning
No
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Yes
Hours
10.50
Learning Outcomes
Learn the basics of plant classification
Learn plant biology to help you better understand how plants are grouped and identified
Develop confidence in identifying, keying out, and talking intelligently about landscape plants
Instructors
Ted Szczawinski
Website Registration
Course Codes
AL0249CA19
Provider
Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education


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