CANCELED: A Rose by Any Other Name

March 7, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Lyon Arboretum (3860 Manoa Rd)

The diversity of the natural world is often overlooked. This is especially true when it comes to plants. Many just see a wall of green when they look outside or walk around the Arboretum. This phenomenon has been termed “Plant Blindness.” However, there is a remedy for this affliction! The Arboretum is offering an introduction to plant identification and evolution. Taught by Lyon’s own plant taxonomist and Botanical Gardener, Jesse Adams, this course will give you the basics required to understand plant anatomy, know the major plant families on sight, and use a dichotomous key. Additionally, students will learn how to collect and make their own herbarium specimen!

This is a three-part course. The first session is a three hour stand-alone class for those who want an introduction to plants and taxonomy. However, if you would like to attend the other two sessions, students must sign up for all three. The second and third days will be four hours each, so please bring a lunch, snacks, and water. There will be several walks/hikes around the Arboretum so participants must be in good physical condition and prepared for the elements (e.g. sunscreen, bug spray, rain coat). Since you will be field botanists for a day please bring a notebook, pen/pencil, sharp clippers, gloves, and sturdy shoes.

Dates and Times:

  • SESSION 1 March 7th, 9:30am-12:00pm: Overview of plant gross anatomy and introduction to taxonomy and systematics.
  • SESSION 2 March 14th, 9:00am-1:00pm: Survey of major plant families, key identifying features, and evolutionary relationships between these families. Also we will look at species within these families that are native and not native to Hawaii.
  • SESSION 3 March 28th, 9:00am-1:00pm: How to use a dichotomous key, field identification, and herbarium voucher collection and mounting. A duplicate of your voucher will be sent to the Bishop Museum for archiving.

Cost: $30 for Session 1, or $75 for the 3-part course (no supply fee)

To sign up, call 988-0456!

Ticket Information
To register, call 988-0456

Event Sponsor
Lyon Arboretum (3860 Manoa Rd), Mānoa Campus

More Information
Derek Higashi, 808-988-0456,,

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