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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
13 – 24 May 2019

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 application form:

Tropical Plant ID Course application form

Applications close 31 January 2019.

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

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.

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