Speaker: Donna Ford-Wentz, Herbarium Curator, West Virginia University
There are various ways, old and new, to identify plants. Dichotomous keys have a long history as the scientific standard for species identification. However, they have various drawbacks that limit their utility, especially for the amateur botanist.
Dr. Ford-Werntz has recently completed coding West Virginia plant species characteristics into an XID software program. The XID system, which she will demonstrate, allows user-directed identification through unordered selection of taxon features.
Attendees may bring their favorite plant identification reference for comparison/discussion.
The program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting. The program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting.
Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately .2 miles to the entrance to the Appalachian Lab on the left side of the road (301 Braddock Road). There is plenty of parking in front of the building.