LAB: TOPIC ASSIGNMENT (J&L) 28 Aug Exercise in Key Construction 207-215 4 Sep Using the Key - Vegetative Characters 216-232, 188-205 11 Sep Using the Key - Reproductive Characters 232-252 18 Sep Lecture EXAM I - (Spring, 95 version) - FIELD TRIP 25 Sep Family studies - Magnoliidae/Hamamelidae 296-324 2 Oct Family studies - Caryophyllidae 324-333 9 Oct LAB PRACTICAL I, Herbarium Tour 16 Oct Family studies - Dilleniidae 335-350 23 Oct Family studies - Rosidae 351-391 (5 Collection specimens due) 30 Oct FIELD TRIP (Lick Creek Park) 6 Nov Family studies - Asteridae 391-418 13 Nov Family studies - Liliopsida I 418-450 20 Nov Work Day - Specimen preparation 27 Nov Family studies - Liliopsida II 418-450 (Full collections due, as well as collection logs, and plant presses) 4 Dec LAB PRACTICAL II* - Lab notebooks due
PLANT COLLECTION: 20 complete specimens of 20 different species of flowering plants. These must represent 15 angiosperm families. All material must be collected this session. No specimens from cultivation. Five specimens will be due during your lab during the week of 23 October. These will be graded and returned so you can check your progress. These will be corrected and resubmitted with the other 15 specimens. The final collection (all 20 plants) is due during your lab period during the week of 27 November. Plant presses will be issued in lab on 4 September (see Lab Handouts, p. 10)
KEY QUIZZES: Short Quizzes will be given during most lab periods, testing your ability to key out any unknown plant using your lab-manual key or one that we will give you. While you cannot study for these per se, keeping up with the lab and learning to recognize plant families will help you do well.
Lab Practical I 50 points Lab Practical II 50 Key quizzes 100 Plant Collection 100 Notebook/Collection Log 50 350 Total lab points
Always bring all text material (Lecture Notes, Lab Handouts, Lab Key) to lab. This includes lab practicals and field trips. The hand lens is a necessity for the field trips.
Room 004 will be closed while not in use. However, we want you to have as much access to it as possible, so if you need to get in, just find Monique and she will be glad to unlock the door for you. There will be no access to room 004 during the lab practical weeks. Instead, a review will be set up elsewhere.
BE PREPARED for field trips. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and long pants; be aware of the sun, the weather, insects, and snakes. A little caution and planning can make the field trips one of the best parts of the course.
KEEP IN MIND: We will be stressing your ability to USE A TAXONOMIC KEY and to IDENTIFY IMPORTANT FAMILIES AND GENERA ON SIGHT. We assume no prior experience and we EXPECT some problems at the beginning of the semester. Keep up with the labs and make good use of our facilities, materials, and expertise to develop your knowledge and skills.
Plant presses must be returned at the time plant collections are due. Failure to return a press results in a grade of "I" and the blocking of fees and registration for the following semester. Grades are restored and blocks removed when the press is returned.
If you have any problems or questions related to the course or lab, please do not hesitate to contact Monique, or your Teaching Assistant.