Identification of Northern California Grasses (Poaceae)

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This workshop is intended to familiarize participants with identification of grasses using spring and summer-flowering species from the Northern Sacramento Valley, Southern Cascade, and Northern Sierra Nevada Ranges of California. Valley and foothill annual grasslands, montane meadows, riparian corridors, coniferous forest, and rock outcrops of this region support a diverse grass assemblage and ample identification "challenges" for experts and novice alike. Dried specimens of more than 20 genera and 45+ species will be provided for participants to key together as a group and as individuals. Emphasis will be placed on terminology and morphological features used to circumscribe genera and distinguish select species, using the keys in The Jepson Manual.

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