Overview: Arnold (Jerry) Tiehm, herbarium curator at the University of Nevada, Reno, lead a course focused on identifying taxa in the Asteraceae, or sunflower family. The Asteraceae is common worldwide, and western Nevada is no exception. There are ~163 genera and 560 taxa of Asteraceae in western Nevada. Members of the Asteraceae can be dominant shrubs and forbs in this system, and many are important species for wildlife. Students learned the characteristics of this very diverse family and how to apply this knowledge to dichtomous keys. This workshop was primarily lab work and plant dissections, with a half-day field trip to practice identifying members of this complex family in natural settings.
For more details, see the Asteraceae Event Flyer