Virginia Tech Dendrology Class


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FOR 2324 1 Credit

Educational Goals:

  1. To expose students to morphological, ecological and phenological traits useful in field identification of woody plants.
  2. To stimulate curiosity about woody plant vegetation in North America and to gain an appreciation of its uses by wildlife and people.
  3. To introduce some basic characteristics of forest ecosystems.

Specific Objectives:

  1. Students should know and be able to list characteristics useful in distinguishing woody plant families and genera.
  2. Students should know the scientific and common names of each plant studied in laboratory.
  3. Students should be able to identify and name each plant covered in laboratory, either by fruit, cone, leaf, twig, bark, habit, or any combination of these or other characteristics.
  4. Students should be familiar with the basic ecology and range of each species covered in the lab through reading materials in the texts.