BOTANY 301 - TAXONOMY OF FLOWERING PLANTS
Spring 2006
HOME PAGE - http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/tfp/tfphome1.html
Instructor: James Manhart - manhart@mail.bio.tamu.edu  (845-3356)

TEXTS: Walters, D.R. & Keil, D.J. Vascular Plant Taxonomy, 4th ed. - (REQUIRED), Lab key pack   #127 (REQUIRED), and Lab Handouts pack #126 (REQUIRED) from Copy Corner.

A note about the course text We specified the 4th edition of  Walters and Keil's Vascular Plant Taxonomy, but apparently the bookstores are pushing the 5th edition, which utilizes a vastly different classification system.  If you can't find a copy of the 4th edition, don't panic-- the 5th will do, but realize you may not quite match up with 4th edition assigned readings.  The equivalents below are as good as we can make them, but there is some difference in coverage between the two books.  Your best bet, once we get to family treatments,  will often be to look up the families mentioned in the class notes in the 5th edition index and read the appropriate pages.
 

DATE TOPIC Readings W& K 4th Edition
Readings  W&K 5th Edition
18 Jan Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 1
20 Jan
Vegetative Morphology Chapter 3 Chapter 3, pp 25-37
23 Jan
Vegetative Morphology Chapter 3 Chapter 3, pp 25-37
25 Jan
Ferns and Gymnosperms Chapters 8 & 9 Chapters 9 &10
27 Jan
Angiosperms Chapter 10 Chapter 11
30 Jan
Angiosperms Chapter 10 Chapter 11
  1 Feb
Breeding Systems

  3 Feb
Examination I

  6 Feb
Historical Background & Nomenclature Chapter 2
pp 11-21, 89-92
 8 Feb
Magnoliidae Chapter 11 Chapter 12
10 Feb
Magnoliidae Chapter 11 Chapter 12
13 Feb
Magnoliidae--Hamamelidae Chapters 11 & 18 Chapter 12, pp. 300-301, 327-331, 334-338
15 Feb
Hamamelidae Chapter 18 327-331, 334-338
17 Feb
Hamamelidae Chapter 18 327-331, 334-338
20 Feb
Examination II

22 Feb
Caryophyllidae Chapter 17 Chapter 13
24 Feb
Caryophyllidae Chapter 17 Chapter 13
27 Feb
Dilleniidae Chapter 16 pp. 313-316, 332-333, 339-342, 385-387
 1 Mar
Dilleniidae Chapter 16 pp. 313-316, 332-333, 339-342, 385-387
 3 Mar
Dilleniidae Chapter 16 pp. 313-316, 332-333, 339-342, 385-387
 6 Mar
Rosidae Chapter 13 pp. 294-297, 306-310, 317-324, 343-348, 406-407
 8 Mar
Rosidae Chapter 13 pp. 294-297, 306-310, 317-324, 343-348, 406-407
10 Mar
Rosidae Chapter 13 pp. 294-297, 306-310, 317-324, 343-348, 406-407
20 Mar Rosidae Chapter 13 pp. 294-297, 306-310, 317-324, 343-348, 406-407
22 Mar Examination III

24 Mar
Floristic Regions of Texas

27 Mar
Asteridae
Chapter 14 Chapter 15 (excluding any pages above)
29 Mar
Asteridae I Chapter 14 Chapter 15 (excluding any pages above)
31 Mar
Asteridae I
Chapter 14
Chapter 15 (excluding any pages above)
  3 Apr
Asteridae I and II Chapters 14 & 15 Chapter 15 (excluding any pages above)
  5 Apr
Asteridae II
Chapter 15
Chapter 15 (excluding any pages above)
 7  Apr Examination IV

10 Apr
Alismatidae & Arecidae
Chapter 19 pp 432-435, 447-449
12 Apr
Commelinidae Chapter 20 pp 452-465
14 Apr
Reading Day


17 Apr
Commelinidae Chapter 20 pp 452-465
19 Apr
Commelinidae & Zingiberidae
Chapters 20 & 19
pp 452-465, 450-451
21 Apr
Liliidae Chapter 19 pp 436-446
24 Apr
Liliidae Chapter 19 pp 436-446
26 Apr
Invasive Plants and Angiosperm Evolution


28 Apr
Examination V

 1 May
Review (Dead Day)

 2 May
Redefined Day--'Friday'   Watch for plans

 8 May
Final Exam (8 to 10 a.m.)

PREREQUISITES:  Introductory Biology or Botany

TESTING:
Lecture exams will be a combination of structure identification, short essay, and matching. Old exams can be reviewed on the www --start with the Botn 301 home page. However, remember that the old exams are for the old course, Botn 201, which did not cover all the material that is covered in Botn 301.

Regular examinations are worth 75 points, for a total of 375 points, and the lowest score will be dropped, for a total of 300 points. You are required to take all the exams unless you have a university excused absence.  If you have an excused absence, the missed exam grade will be dropped as the lowest.  If you do not have a university excuse, you will be given a zero and that grade will not be dropped.  Let me know as soon as possible if you know you are going to miss an exam.  There will be seven or eight unannounced pop quizzes at 5 points each, with anything over 25 pts counted as bonus points.  The final is comprehensive and is worth 100 points.  Exam scores will be posted using an ID number picked by the student--do not use your social security number, A&M UIN, driver's license number, etc.

Review of exam grades
.  You have until the next scheduled exam to request changes in exam grades.  I will regrade the entire exam unless there is an addition error, which will be changed without review of the whole exam.

The laboratory point total is 375. Your final grade will be computed on the basis of 800 points. Specific point values in lab will be provided in the laboratory schedule.

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last updated January 17, 2006