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Introduction to flowering plant families and how to identify them.

Friday 27 May 2022 at 10:00 am to Friday 10 June 2022 at 4:30 pm


Join Dr Paul Smith for a one day workshop to introduce the method of plant identification. Identifying an an unfamiliar plant is easier if you know the family to which it belongs. This is a skill that may be learned in the UK and then applied to the flora of any country, anywhere in the world.

The morning theory session will look at a selection of flowering plant families and their identification. This will include important characteristics, how to study and store specimens, use of hand lenses, sources of information, how to use an identification key, examination of live specimens, use of a field guide. The afternoon field session will involve looking at flowering plants in situ in the Botanic Garden and learning to identify their families from field characters.

Dr Paul Smith is a BSc and PhD qualified botanist of 40 years post graduate experience, including work for Local Authorities, Natural England, Multi-national consultancies, and the Wildlife Trusts. He is a Senior Associate Teacher with the University of Bristol. A list of Paul’s publications are available here. His book on indicator plants is available from the Natural History Book Service. Paul received the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Wildlife Hero award in 2018 for work relating to habitat restoration. His latest paper is available to read online here.

Friday, 27th May 2022, and Friday, 10th June 2022.

Book your place

Booking is essential. Book your place using the University online shop by selecting the date below you would like to attend.

Introduction to flowering plant families and how to identify them – 27/05/2022

Introduction to flowering plant families and how to identify them – 10/06/2022

You will need to register your details. You will only be charged once you have confirmed your booking.

Enrolment will close 4 days before the start of the course. We only accept online bookings.

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Friday 27 May 2022 at 10:00 am
Friday 10 June 2022 at 4:30 pm


Linnaeus study room
University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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0117 42 82041

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