WORKSHOP: Identification of Plants in Winter. (Syracuse area)


Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 12:00am to 11:45pm




Onondaga Lake Visitors Center am & nearby field trip pm


Joe McMullen, retired consultant and botanist, NYFA Board Member.


This workshop will cover the interesting and challenging topic of the identification of plants during leaf off conditions.  It is for beginners and experts alike.  Although many fail to botanize during the winter months, it is amazing what plants can be identified during this off season.  It is actually a good time to see patterns of plant community structure, which can be obscured during leaf-on conditions. 

When deciduous woody trees and shrubs shed their leaves and other parts, distinguishing scars are left behind.  These scars, along with persistent fruit from the past season, next season’s leaf and flower buds, pith characteristics, and growth form features are used to identify plant species in winter and will be covered during the workshop.   

And, it is not just woody species that can be readily recognized in winter.  Several of our ferns are winter green, while others leave behind easily identified persistent spore stalks.  Our clubmosses are also evident in winter, as they are not hidden among other ground cover.  Dried stalks, basal rosettes, and persistent parts from herbaceous flowering plants are also often easily identified.

When and Where: Saturday January 20, 2018. The workshop classroom portion will be held at the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center near the NYS Fairgrounds just west of Syracuse.  The field portion will be held at nearby state land.  This is a one day workshop, with the classroom portion from 10:00 to 12:00 and the field portion from 1:00 to 3:30.  Lunch is on your own

Cost: Workshop fee is $40 for NYFA members and students, and $60 for nonmembers.

Registration and Inquiries:  To register send an email with contact information (name, address, affiliation, email and best phone) to Joe McMullen (joymcmullen2 (at) and pay via Paypal link on NYFA website: (Field Trips& Workshops).    Alternatively, you may mail a check for the full amount made out to the New York Flora Association, PO Box 122, Albany NY 12201.  For questions you can contact Joe McMullen.