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It's autumn! Take advantage of the leaves on the ground to learn how to identify them.
The National Forests Office (French: Office National des Forêts or ONF) is a government of France agency that manages the state forests.They have put in place an easy system to identify all trees when out hiking.Deciduous, conifers, you'll find out all there is to know about the forest! Ideal for challenges between friends or family during your hikes... or to simply shine in society!
Before giving you the easy solution, we will give you some clues so you can identify the trees in order to develop your knowledge of the flora.
🍃Identify a tree depending on its situation
Depending on the context in which you are going to meet a plant species, you will already be in possession of elements allowing it to be identified. It is therefore important to be well informed about the surrounding flora and local species.
Ex: the umbrella pine is a typical tree found in the Mediterranean region.
The place where the tree is located can also give indications. Some species thrive, for example, near water points, or in woods, in rather sunny or shady places. The altitude is also a good element to take into account.
🍃Identify a tree thanks to its appearance
The shape and size of a tree can also give good information to help identify it. This requires having a compass in the head and therefore being able to assess how many meters the trunk stands. Trees also have their own appearance. To talk about the umbrella pine again, it looks nothing like a weeping willow, for example. The more you practice, the keener your eye will be to differentiate between similar species.
🍃How do you identify trees by looking at their trunk and bark?
Like the elements mentioned above, the bark is a very good tool for identifying the species of a tree.By observing its texture, colour and cracks, you will surely be able to recognize what type of tree you are dealing with.
🍃The flowers and fruit
Some tree species have certain fruit and flowers which will help you to identify the tree. You still have to be able to tell the difference between a conker and a chestnut ;)
Here are two documents proposed by the National Forests Office, thanks to them, you will always be able to identify the name of the main trees that you will meet among the two large families: deciduous and conifers.To put in your pocket during your walks and hikes.