Tropical Plant Identification Course

Course description:
Taught by Kew’s botanists, all with an in-depth knowledge of the plants and habitats of the tropics, the course will give participants an overview of 70 of the most commonly encountered tropical plant families, as well as an introduction to plant morphology and identification tools.  Through short illustrated lectures, and extensive hands-on practical sessions, Kew’s botanists will demonstrate the key characters for each family, sharing their expert tips for identification. Students will join identification sessions focused on different regions in the tropics; a visit to the living collections will provide a chance to apply this knowledge ‘in the field’.

Duration of training: 
Two weeks

Training period:
21 April–2 May 2014

Target Audience:
MSc students, PhD students as well as for early career researchers.

Practical experiences: 
Using herbarium specimens to identify families, with practical sessions following each lecture, and to sort through incoming material as undertaken in a normal day-to-day situation in the Kew herbarium. Each week a tour of the gardens will examine living material in the gardens to reinforce family characters etc. learnt in the lectures.

Short lectures will give the key characters of plant families. Each family lecture is given by a Kew specialist.

Course language:

Name of mentor / supervisor:
Timothy Utteridge and Gemma Bramley.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives
Richmond Surrey TW9 3AB, UK

Registration fee:
GBP 800 (British Pounds). This fee covers teaching costs and course materials.
Participants are responsible for their own travel and subsistence expenses.

Registration is closed now.
Please visit the Kew-website to register and to find more information on the application process.