There are many common plants that you can learn to identify in a West Coast forest area.
To find out the name of a plant, first of all figure out if it is a Tree, Shrub, Fern, or Flowering Plant.
Trees have strong woody trunks covered with bark. They are usually over 6 meters (20 feet) high.
Shrubs have woody stems. They are usually under 6 meters (20 feet) high.
Ferns have soft stems and feathery leaves but they do not have flowers or seeds. They reproduce by spores.
Flowering Plants have soft stems which usually die back each year.
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This page created June 2002.