Western Michigan University Professor of Biological Sciences Todd Barkman, will teach students the traits of woody plants that allow for their identification using taxonomic keys and field characteristics such as smell, taste and texture. This will include a “crash course” in plant morphology so that different types of leaf arrangement, structure, as well as venation, margins and bases are understood. Emphasis on reproductive characters is essential so we will be sure to review characters of fruits. With a foundation in terminology of woody plant structure, the class will identify as many trees and shrubs as possible on Tillers International 400 acre test farm. The most challenging species to distinguish are those of oaks and hickories and so particular attention will be focused on those. The species we will identify are known to produce some of the most exquisite woods in the world.
Friday, May 17
9 - 4 pm
Tuition: $95 includes materials
Instructor: Todd Barkman, WMU