LOOKING AT LOOK-ALIKES – plants that look the same but aren’t

For the third annual late-season plant identification workshop, we will be looking at some examples of look-alikes. In its strict sense, the term applies to hedgerow shrubs where Continental stock has been brought in to stand in for native forms. Dogwood is a good example where the native plant has short bristly hairs below the leaves but look-alikes can have ‘medifixed’ hairs – flat hairs rooted in their middles. These can be given different species names. Some may think that all Bristle-grasses (Setaria species) look the same – or indeed all grasses. Looks are very much in the eye of the beholder.
So please bring your look-alike plants and we will make an evening of shared knowledge and learning. There’s no need for booking but please do ask the Secretary if you have any queries. Bring a hand lens, specimens or displays and any useful books along too.

7.30pm Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church, Westbury Hill, BS9 3AA.

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