Prepare to put on your “plant goggles” for this beginner’s guide to understanding what to look for in order to name your favorite plants. Learn about the diverse ways that plants adapt and present themselves to the world and how we can use this knowledge to inform plant identification. Discover endless possibilities for leaf shape and just exactly how many ways there are to describe plant hairs (yes, hairs)— many more than there are for humans! This course welcomes all novices who are ready and willing to expand their botanical knowledge, as well as enthusiasts that need a refresher. Students will learn basic botanical vocabulary and observation skills needed to identify plants by sight and under the microscope, providing the background necessary to use botanical keys like those in the second edition of The Jepson Manual. This course will reveal the truth behind why oranges are in fact a berry but why a strawberry is actually not one, and explain what exactly is an artichoke! If time allows, the course will wrap up with a review walk through the UC Botanical Garden.
The Bay Nature events calendar features events sponsored by Bay Area nature organizations from Sonoma to Santa Cruz. Find guided hikes, learn about Bay Area wildlife, enjoy nature festivals, and more! For Bay Nature-sponsored events click here.