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Sight ID Poisonous Plants

Sight ID Pinophyta

Sight ID Pteridophyta

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RLEM 304
Rangeland Plant Taxonomy
4 Cr. (2-6)
Spring 2011

Class Schedule
Outline of lectures by major topics Hours
I.     Introduction
    A.  Orientation, course objectives, grading, texts, and supplies
    B.  Importance of taxonomy to rangelands
    C.  Classification systems for rangeland plants
2
II.     History of plant classification for North American rangelands 1
III.     Nomenclature
    A.  Practical problems of nomenclature that affect range plant taxonomists and the lay user of the taxonomy
    B.  Rules governing changes of scientific names
2
IV.     Vegetative and floral characteristics of important rangeland plants
    A.  Identification process
    B.  Diagnostic keys for identification using floral characters
    C.  Diagnostic keys for identification using vegetative characters
    D.  Family characteristics of important rangeland plants
      1. Vegetative characters
      2. Floral characteristics
      3. Fruit types
      4. Ecological importance
      5. Economic value
15
V.     Toxic compounds in rangeland plants
    A.  Diagnostic symptoms of poisoning in domestic livestock
    B.  Management of rangeland animals to reduce poisoning   
10
Laboratory:
    Study of major rangeland plant families with emphasis on the use of diagnostic keys for identification. Vegetative and floral characters of families will be stressed to learn sight recognition. A plant collection with identification of 35 species from 25 families is required.