Workshop report Workshop on Plant identification for grassy ecosystems
Deniliquin NSW, 24th - 25th September 2012
The fifth workshop in our Jewels in the Landscape series was on plant identification for grassy ecosystems. This workshop, supported through a grant from the NSW Environmental Trust, proved popular with over 50 participants attending the two day workshop in Deniliquin.
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Day one started with an introduction to the ecology and diversity of grassy ecosystems by Rainer Rehwinkel of the Office of Environment and Heritage. I then gave an introduction to plant identification and available resources and participants had an opportunity to practice their familiarity with botanical terminology and plant morphology.
We then focused on plant identification for some common families including grasses, sedges and rushes (led by Isobel Crawford from Australian Botanical Survey); daisies (Rainer Rehwinkel); lillies (Geoff Carr, Ecology Australia); and orchids (Noushka Reiter, Wimmera Catchment Management Authority). Participants practiced identifying plants from these families using traditional (print) keys.
Day one closed with a field visit to a site supporting Grey Box Grassy Woodland & Black Box grassy woodland where Ian Davidson (Regeneration Solutions) and Mick Mullins (LHPA) spoke about the management of this threatened ecological community.
Day two we covered the use of interactive identification keys and then spent the remainder of the day in the field undertaking a range of practical activities including setting up a 20 m 20m flora monitoing plot and attempting to identify all plants within. Martin Driver of Murray CMA gave an introduction to saltbush.