BIOL 325
Plant Systematics

(Fall 2017 Syllabus)

Final Grades Report (pdf, sorted by last 4 digits of MU Number)

 

Lab Support

Taxon Data Sheet (pdf)

Lab Topics:
Lab 01 - Introduction & Basal Angiosperm Grade
Lab 02 - Monocots 1
Lab 03 - Basal Eudicots and Caryophyllids
Lab 04 - Rosid Eudicots, part 1
Lab 05 - Asterid Eudicots, part 1
Lab 06 - Herbarium Specimen Demo
Lab 07 - Monocots 2
Lab 08 - Rosids 2 and Asterids 2
Lab 09 - Rosids 3
Lab 10 - Asterids 3
Lab 11 - Gymnosperms
Lab 12 - Monocots 3
Lab 13 - Pteridophytes


Lecture Support

Exam 1 Topics:
Topic 01 - Introduction to Plant Systematics (outline; PwrPt)
Topic 02 - The PA Flora (outline & supplement; PwrPt)
Topic 03 - The Code (outline; PwrPt revised; Jones & Luchsinger 1986)

  • Families to know:
    *Basal Angiosperms - Nymphaeaceae, Magnoliaceae, Lauraceae
    *Monocots Part 1 - Alismataceae, Araceae, Liliaceae
    *Basal Eudicot Grade - Papaveraceae, Ranunculaceae
    *Caryophyllid Eudicots - Cactaceae, Polygonaceae
    *Rosids Part 1 - Rosaceae, Fabaceae (=Leguminosae)
    *Asterids Part 1 - Lamiaceae (=Labiatae), Solanaceae

Sample Questions, Exam 1 (PDF)

Exam 2 Topics:
Topic 04 - History of Plant Systematics (outline; Powerpoint)
Topic 05 - Intro to Cladistic Analysis (outline; Powerpoint; Tutorial)
Note: Test yourself with questions in the sample exam geared to reading cladograms and building phenograms and cladograms. See also this set of cladogram and phenogram practice problems.

  • Families to know:
    *Monocots Part 2 - Cyperaceae, Poaceae
    *Rosids Part 2 - Fagaceae, Juglandaceae
    *Asterids Part 2 - Asteraceae
    *Rosids Part 3 - Vitaceae, Cucurbitaceae

Sample Questions, Exam 2 (PDF)

Exam 3 Topics:
Topic 06 - Uses of Cladograms (outline; Powerpoint)
Topic 07 - Molecular Systematics & Ethnobotany of Breadfruit (outline; Powerpoint; Zerega et al. 2005)

  • Families to know:
    *Asterids Part 3 - Apiaceae (Umbelliferae), Ericaceae
    *Pteridophytes - Lycopodiaceae, Equisetaceae, Polypodiaceae s.l.
    *Monocots Part 3 - Arecaceae, Orchidaceae
    *Gymnosperms - Cycadaceae, Cupressaceae, Ginkgoaceae, Pinaceae, Zamiaceae

Practice Problems, Exam 3 (PDF)

 

Useful Links

1. James C. Parks Herbarium (Millersville University)
2. Millersville Flora Project on NatureAtlas
3. Plant images at PlantSystematics.org
4. Examples of Nice Herbarium Specimens (here)