Category Archives: Uncivilization

After Plant Families: Identifying the Genus

If you are a beginner to plant identification, please read Getting Started with Plant Identification and Plant Family Patterns for the Neo-Botanist before reading this post. If you already know how to identify plants by their families, proceed as usual.  What is a Genus? Scientific names of plants usually consist of two parts: (1) a […]

Into the Wild: Another Poisonous Plant Fable?

Source (buy book for cited sources) At nearly every workshop or presentation that I have given over the last ten years, I have been asked my opinion about Jon Krakauer’s book Into The Wild. “You should read it!” I was advised, dozens of times. Many people outlined the story for me, dwelling especially on the […]

Getting Started with Plant Identification: Report from a Beginner

For the past several weeks I’ve been immersing myself in botany and plant and mushroom identification. Here are some tips I’ve learned so far. Read more updates on my uncivilization project. When trying to learn how to identify plants, a common first move is to buy an edible plant identification guide (with a key). I did […]