PBIO 566 - Systematic Botany


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Syllabus: Lecture/Lab

Jan 20 Nature of Systematic Botany/ Classification vs Identification

Jan 25 History of Systematic Botany/ Floral morphology

Jan 27 Classification and Naming/ Inflorescence types

Feb 1 Introduct. to Angiosperms; Class Magnoliopsida (Dicots) /

Conservatory - floral morphology

Feb 3 Subclass Magnoliidae/ Lab Quiz/Vegetative morphology

Feb 8 Subclass Hamamelidae/ Fruits and dispersal

Feb 10 Subclass Caryophyllidae/ Conservatory - review

Feb 15 LECTURE EXAM/ Poisonous & Edible Plants

G. Crow photographing ants living in Cercropia tree

Feb 17 Subclass Dilleniidae/ Review for lab exam

Feb 22 Subclass Dilleniidae/ LAB EXAM

Feb 24 Subclass Rosidae/ Gymnosperms/Keys

Mar 1 Subclass Rosidae/ Woody Plants in Winter

Mar 3 Nomenclature/ Woody Plants in Winter

Mar 8 Bolivia: Aquatic Diversity/ LAB Quiz and Field Trip

Mar 10 LECTURE EXAM/ Field Trip

Nelumbo lutea (Yellow Water Lotus)


Mar 22 Subclass Asteridae/ Field Trip

Mar 24 Subclass Asteridae/ Field Trip

Mar 29 Pollination Mechanisms/ How to Write a Key

Mar 31 Reproductive Biology/ LAB EXAM

Apr 5 Variation and Speciation/ Pteridophytes

Apr 7 Processes of Evolution/ Keying Pteridophytes

Apr 12 Processes of Evolution/ Keying Spring Wildflowers

Apr 14 LECTURE EXAM/ Collecting and pressing plants

Dryopteris intermedia (Evergreen Wood Fern)

Apr 19 Class Liliopsida (Monocots)/ Field Trip

Subclasses Alismatidae/Arecidae

Apr 21 Subclass Commelinidae/ Field Trip

Apr 26 Subclass Zingiberidae; Subclass Liliidae/ Field Trip

Apr 28 Relationship Monocots-Dicots/ Field Trip

May 3 Biodiversity in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest,

White Mts., NH (Leslie Teeling)/ Field Trip

May 5 Costa Rica--tropical biodiversity/ Field Trip



White-face Monkey - Santa Rosa National Park, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica.

May 13 Field trip to Mt. Major (optional) 7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

FINAL EXAM: Monday, May 18, 3:30-5:00 a.m.



The laboratory portion of the course will be divided into 2 units. The first will focus on learning terminology, recognizing floral, fruit, and vegetative characteristics, and examining representative specimens of families studied in lecture, emphasizing the recognition of families of plants by their characteristic features.

The second unit will focus on developing skills in plant identification beginning with identifying conifers and other woody plants in winter condition by the use of keys. Then, as spring finally arrives, we will learn to identify the common ferns and wildflowers of our area, using a technical manual.


Lecture and Lab: Contemporary Plant Systematics by Dennis W. Woodland

Lab: Winter Keys to Woody Plants of Maine by Christopher Campbell and Fay Hyland

Lab: Manual of Vascular Plants, 2nd edition by H. Gleason and A. Cronquist


Lecture: Exams will be given only on the day scheduled. Make-up exams will be permitted in cases of excused absence (such as sickness), but notification in advance of the scheduled exam is required.

Lab: Lab exams will be given only on the day scheduled. Due to the nature of lab exams, it is prohibitive to prepare make-up exams.

Office Hours: I always try to make time for students as much at their convenience as possible. I teach another class Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:10-9:00 a.m. Feel free to call me, e-mail me, or stop by my office unannounced.

GRADES: Lecture = 50% Lab = 50%

Final grades will be on a percentage basis as follows:

A = 92-100, A- = 90-91, B+ = 87-89, B = 82-86, B- = 80-81

C+ = 77-79, C = 70-76, C- = 67-69, D+ = 65-66, D = 57-61, D- = 59-60

F = 0-58

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