WHAT TO KNOW FOR THE FIRST LAB PRACTICAL:

(focusing on, but not limited to)

1.   How to write and use dichotomous keys.

2.  The parts of scientific names and how to write and interpret them.

3.  Kinds of information needed for your field log and plant labels.

4.   Collection techniques, do’s, and don’ts.

5.  Vegetative morphology–terms and structures for roots, stems, leaves, margins, apices, bases, compound leaves, etc.

6.  Reproductive morphology–terms and structures relating to flowers and fruits, floral formula, placentation type, fruit type, inflorescence type, symmetry, modifications of floral parts, etc.

7.  Monocots vs. dicots.

8.  Primitive vs. derived characters.

9.  Subclass, Family, and Genus identification of Magnoliidae, Hamamelidae, Caryophyllidae, and Dilleniidae red-dot herbarium sheets.

10.  Family characteristics, anatomy,  and terminology for covered families in the Magnoliidae, Hamamelidae, Caryophyllidae, and Dilleniidae.

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last updated August 5, 2004 by MDR