BIOL 325
Plant Systematics

(Fall 2017 Syllabus)

 

 

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. Plants of PA on NatureAtlas
4. Plants of Earth on NatureAtlas
3. Plant images at PlantSystematics.org