Identifying tropical plants
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Tropical Plant Identification

During this two-week Tropical Plant Identification Course, Kew botanists share their expertise in identifying plants from the biodiversity-rich tropical regions of the world.

Course details

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.

Date of course

The 2018 course dates will be 14–25 May 2018

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

Who is the course designed for?

This course has been designed for conservation and environment professionals, and is also suitable for graduate students, ethnobotanists, ecologists and zoologists.

How is the course taught?

Through short illustrated lectures, and extensive hands-on practical sessions, Kew 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, and a visit to the living collections will provide a chance to apply this knowledge ‘in the field’.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted using the Tropical Plant Identification Course application form (pdf).

For more information contact the course coordinators Tim Utteridge or Anna Trias-Blasi.

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

Duration and location

The course runs for two weeks from 09:00–17:30 every day (except weekends): classes are taught in Kew’s Herbarium (situated next to the Elizabeth Gate to the Gardens); about 15 minutes’ walk from Kew Gardens Underground station (District Line/London Overground) and 10 minutes’ walk from Kew Bridge station (South West Trains).

Course costs

The course fee for non-Kew staff is £800: this covers teaching costs and course materials; funds for travel to Kew and subsistence must be sought elsewhere.

 

For further information on short courses available at Kew, please contact kewscience@kew.org.