Today I present my first mystery. I collected this guy last week and figured it'd be any easy ID.
Fruit Key and Twig Key to Trees & Shrubs arrived today and I'm still trying decode this unknown based on illustrated techniques.
Leaf node positioning, bud characteristics, and pith composition should make identification possible. So, if my first attempt is less than a blazing success, it is part of my learning process.
By the way, these photos are shot with my new Canon 50D. Unfortunately the kit lens doesn't do macro very well so these are big time blow ups. Real macro to come maybe next month.