What does an elm look like?
December 28, 2012 10:38 PM Subscribe
I can't identify trees, bushes, shrubs, or flowers. How can I learn to do so on sight?
posted by Rustic Etruscan to Science & Nature (22 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I've been reading a lot of fiction lately. The writers keep mentioning elms, oaks, birches, and the like. I never know what to picture. Dictionary definitions don't help. Google is no replacement for real knowledge.
I know that some birches have white bark that peels off easily, but I never noticed their leaves. Do willows have catkins? I don't know. What distinguishes a cypress from a cedar? And so on.
It would be cool to have a clearer picture of these writers' worlds. It would also be cool to be able to look at a tree or a flower and name it. I would better appreciate the outdoors.
What books, web sites, and other reference materials could I use to learn this skill?