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Bearing Fruit: Dispersing Seeds and Tree Identification w/ Rob Paratley

October 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Fall is a good time to observe and consider the fruit that our native trees bear.  After flowering earlier in the season, if pollination leads to fruit set, our native trees will bear berries, drupes, capsules, nuts, winged samaras, and other fruit types.  Each of these types is adapted to moving seed away from the mother tree and out into the environment.  Fruit is also very useful for honing our ID skills, particularly in fall.  Often a hickory, ash, oak, and many others can be correctly identified with a close look at its fruit.

Meet with botanist Rob Paratley for a two-part program at Floracliff Nature Sanctuary.  We will have a look at a number of fruit types of native trees.  Then we will hike a portion of the Preserve to see some of the fruit of the trees and shrubs in the field.

Hike Leader: Rob Paratley, University of Kentucky

Hike distances: ~3 miles; rated moderate to difficult, due to steep and uneven terrain and potentially slick spots

Bring: water

Optional: hiking poles, snack, camera

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October 9, 2021
10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Floracliff Nature Sanctuary
8000 Elk Lick Falls Road
Lexington, KY 40515 United States
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