BIOL 325
Plant Systematics

(Fall 2018 Syllabus)

 

Points Earned as of Dec 02, including the last quiz, but not including the lab or lecture final exams (pdf)

 

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 - Rosids 1
Lab 05 - Asterids 1
Lab 06 - Rosids 2 (Oct 2)
Lab 07 - Fall Break (Oct 9)
Lab 08 - Rosids 3 & Asterids 2 (Oct 16)
Lab 09 - Monocots 2 (Oct 23)
Lab 10 - Asterids 3 (Oct 30)
Lab 11 - Pteridophyte Grade (Nov 06)
Lab 12 - Gymnosperms (Nov 13)
Lab 13 - Monocots 3 (Nov 20)
Lab 14 - TBA (Nov 27)
Lab 15 - Lab Final Exam (Dec 04)

Teaching Herbarium
links to specimen photos & more


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)

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

Cladistic Analysis Tutorial and its Key
Exam 2 Sample Questions and Key
More Cladogram and Phenogram Practice Problems and Key

Exam 3 Topics:
Topics 06, 07, and families below (ca. 50 points-worth) and all prior topics and families (ca. 25 points-worth)

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 (problems and key)

 

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)