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Find out why ‘sedges have edges, rushes are round, grasses have knees that bend to the ground!’ In this lecture Chris will take us on a ‘deep dive’ into the anatomy of plants. He will examine leaf morphology – common shapes and surface characteristics, for example. Then will example flower form, from simple to complex: we will look at actinomorphic and zygomorphic flowers, what to look for in a floral dissection, and how to navigate a complicated flower such as an orchid or aroid. Chris will share real life case studies from plants he has worked with.

From this lecture you will gain an understanding of how to navigate a complex flower, considerations for composition in botanical illustrations for scientific papers, and a basic grasp of botanical terminology relating to anatomy.


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Sep 1, 2022 07:00 PM in London

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Dr Chris Thorogood
Chris lectures plant biology at the University of Oxford, where he holds the position of Deputy Director and Head of Science at Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum. His research focusses on the evolution of parasitic and carnivorous plants, conservation of parasitic plants, plant diversity in the Mediterranean Basin and Japan, and the biomimetic applications of plants. Chris is an ambassador for public engagement with plant sciences and is a panellist for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’. He is a wildlife artist and botanical illustrator, and an international best-selling author of specialist field guides and popular titles. Chris was awarded the international Irene Manton Prize for the best PhD thesis in botany and plant sciences in the UK, 2009. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and the Society of Botanical Artists; he holds an EPA Cephalosporin Research Fellowship from Linacre College. Chris is an Editor for the journal Plants People Planet.