Flower Identification Terms

flower terms umbelThe pages below come from Wild flowers of New York, Volume 72, Issue 2, Homer Doliver House, The University of the state of New York, 1920.

I found them very useful. Knowing these terms may seem intimidating at first, but it’s what you need to learn to move beyond the colour based method of flower identification, which can only get you so far.

You can enjoy flowers without knowing their names or the names of their parts. But your pleasure in flowers will deepen in both meaning and feeling once you have conquered the terminology and expanded your knowledge. Pleasure is nourished by knowledge.

I’d print one page at a time and read it slowly, narrating to yourself paragraph by paragraph, looking for examples of the terms in real life (or your flower guide book):

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Again, don’t be afraid of the terms- study slowly, with focused attention, moving steadily through at a controlled pace each day. Look up unfamiliar words. ¬†And no, I don’t know them all myself yet, but I have found it very helpful to know several of them.


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