This course is designed as an introduction or a refresher to field botany and the taxonomy of flowering plants. Participants of all experience levels are encouraged to attend. Instruction will focus on technical terminology, the basics of plant morphology (structure and function), and the key features of New England’s major plant families. A combination of indoor and outdoor instruction will be used to familiarize participants with field identification techniques. While keying will not be taught, an important course objective is to build in participants’ the skills and knowledge needed to identifying plants using a technical botanical key. The required text for this course is: Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification, 6th Edition by Thomas J. Elpel (2013, Hops Press; ISBN-13: 978-1892784353; ISBN-10: 1892784351; $18-26 online). You are asked to purchase this text from your preferred bookseller and bring it to the course, along with a hand lens. All other supplies will be provided.
Leslie Adams, Ph.D., is a plant systematist/ecologist who specializes in ferns, grasses and the floristic diversity of NH forests. She teaches botany, ecology, and environmental sustainability at both the Univ. of Maryland and Lesley Univ., and has taught plant identification through UNH Cooperative Extension since 1997. She has a broad knowledge of the New England flora and conservation biology.