Mississippi State University

Conclave 2004

Dendrology Rules

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  1. Each member club may enter one contestant.
  2. A total of twenty (20) designated trees will be shown to the entire group of contestants.
  3. The host club will create a reference list that will be used unless it is rejected by more than 50% of the participating clubs. Textbook of Dendrology by W.M. Harlow, E.S. Harrar and F.M. White, 7th edition, Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas by A.E. Radford, H.E. Ahles, and C.R. Bell, and Guide to Southern Trees by E.S. Harrar and J.G. Harrar, are to serve as the primary sources from which the nomenclature for this competition is to be taken. No books may be used by contestants in the contest. Equipment permitted for the contest includes optical aids.
  4. Correct answers are those which are submitted to the judges within three minutes correctly identifying the test trees with common names as well as Latin family, genus, and species names. Authors' initials need not be after the names.
  5. There will be one (1) point given for the correct family name, three (3) points for the correct genus name, and five (5) points for the correct species name. Genus and species must be underlined. One (1) point will be given for the correct common name. One-half credit will be given for misspelling or failure to underline. Whether or not a species name is wrong, or merely misspelled, will be determined by the common name given by the contestant.
  6. In case of a tie for first, second or third place after the first 20 trees, the tied contestants will be given additional trees until places are determined. The position winner must, however, correctly identify the tree which eliminates the competitor.
  7. If a species name shows up on the dendrology, wildlife or wood identification lists, they will all have the same common name.
  8. Tree identification can be made in any way the contestant desires (breaking off twigs, crushing leaves, etc.) without killing the tree.


List of Tree Species - updated 1/21/04 (.PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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