Introduction to Plant Identification

The ability to properly identify plants is critical to proper environmental analysis and management. In this course, designed for entry-level field biologists, botanists, environmental management professionals and ecologists, you will be introduced to the methods and best practices by which California plants are classified, specifically using The Jepson Manual – Vascular Plants of California. 

Through lecture, discussions and hands-on activities, you will learn how to overcome common challenges in plant identification by practicing the utilization of appropriate resources, tools and scientific language. You will learn terminology, abbreviations, use of dichotomous keys and use of dissection microscopes. You will also be trained to recognize the characteristics that identify major vascular plant groups, including characteristics at the Family, Genera and Species-level.  By the end of this course, you will be able to independently identify major taxa of California vascular plants and successfully key out to Family and Genus. You will be equipped to identify and properly use the online resources, tools, abbreviations, and terminology necessary to accurately identify California plants in your day-to-day work. 

Learning Outcomes 

  •  Correctly apply dichotomous keys to identify major vascular plant taxa 
  •  Utilize online and text resources efficiently for plant identification 
  • Independently use the tools and language necessary to identify major California vascular plant lineages beyond the course 

Skills You Will Gain 

  •  Independent identification of major taxa of California vascular plants 
  • Accurate use of dichotomous keys, scientific vocabulary and abbreviations in the Jepson Manual 
  • Efficient techniques for the use of dissection microscopes 
CEUs
0.6
Section Number
223NAT287
Instruction Method
Classroom

Location

Science Laboratory Building

Science Laboratory Building, Davis, CA,

Section Notes

This class is scheduled to be held in-person. See our COVID Information page for a complete list of safety policies and requirements for entering the classroom. 

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. View complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers. 

Discounts

APA

Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.

AEP

Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.