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Landscape Plant Identification 1: Fundamentals

This online course is a self-paced journey into the fundamentals of woody landscape plant identification.

By the end of this course, you should feel prepared to identify characteristics required to distinguish woody plants that will be discussed in subsequent courses.

Plant ID Training Overview

At the end of this Plant ID course on fundamentals, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of binomial nomenclature to identify plants in the landscape.
  • Recognize terminology used to describe various plant species.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of different types of morphology pertaining to plants.

Explore the Plant ID Series

This course is part of our Landscape Plants Series. This program consists of the following component courses:

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Ryan Contreras

Dr. Ryan Contreras is a Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He has held a research and teaching appointment at Oregon State since 2009. He is also an ornamental Plant Breeder and teaches four campus-based and Ecampus courses, including landscape plant identification I and II, growth and development of horticultural crops, and plant propagation.

Dan Blanchard

Dan Blanchard is a Graduate Research Assistant at Oregon State University. He's a graduate student with expertise in plant identification and growing knowledge of plant database and curation of living collections.

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