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Alyxia

Course Description: The objective of this course is for you to learn to identify and understand relationships among major plant families through lecture, field, and laboratory study. We will emphasize families and genera found in northeastern North America, especially of the Mid-Atlantic region. We will also cover some families that are extremely important worldwide but that do not occur here. Identifying characteristics, biogeography, and evolutionary relationships are emphasized in lecture. These characteristics will be woven together to provide understanding of the ecological and evolutionary drivers of plant diversity and the history of the field. Sight identification of families, genera, and species and keying skills are stressed in field and laboratory sessions.

Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45 1115 Plant Science Building
Laboratory: Thursday 9:00-11:50 1153 Plant Science Building

Required Texts:
Judd, Campbell, Kellogg, Stevens, and Donoghue. 2007. Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach. Third Edition. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Sunderland, MA, USA.
Lab notes will be provided.

Highly Recommended Materials:
Hand Lens, dissecting needles.

Lecture Notes:

January 26Lecture 1 Course Overview, Plant Distributions
January 28Lecture 2 Classification, Naming
February 2Lecture 3 Interpreting phylogenetic trees
February 4Lecture 4 From phylogenies to classification. Ferns and fern allies
February 9No Lecture Snow Day
February 11No Lecture Snow Day
February 16Lecture 5 Gymnosperms: Cycads, Ginkgo, Gnetophytes, Conifers (start of the pines)
February 18Lecture 6 Conifers: Pinaceae to Cupressaceae
February 25Lecture 7 Conifers: Cupressaceae, Sciadopityaceae, Podocarpaceae, Araucariaceae, Taxaceae; Angiosperms: Amborellaceae, Nymphaeaceae, Austrobaileyales, Magnoliaceae
March 2Lecture 8 Angiosperms: Magnoliids
March 4Lecture 9 Angiosperms: Ranunuculales
March 9Lecture 10 Angiosperms: Proteales (Proteaceae & Platanaceae), Caryophyllales (Cactaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Polygonaceae), Saxifragales (Saxifragaceae)
March 11Lecture 11 Angiosperms: Saxifragales (Hamamelidaceae, Altingiaceae), Vitales (Vitaceae), Malphigiales (Euphorbiacae)
March 23Lecture 12 Angiosperms: Malphigiales (Salicaceae), Fabales (Fabaceae)
March 25Lecture 13 Angiosperms: Rosales (Rosaceae)
March 30Lecture 14 Angiosperms: Rosales (Rosaceae and Ulmaceae)
April 6Lecture 15 Angiosperms: Fagales (Fagaceae)
April 8Lecture 16 Angiosperms: Fagales (Betulaceae, Myricaceae, Juglandaceae), Myrtales (Myrtaceae, Lythraceae)
April 13Lecture 17 Angiosperms: Brassicales, Malvales, Sapindales
April 15Lecture 18 Angiosperms: Sapindales, Cornales, Ericales
April 20Lecture 19 Angiosperms: Ericales
April 22 -- Field Trip, No Lecture
April 27Lecture 20 Angiosperms: Ericales, Solanales, Lamiales
April 29Lecture 21 Angiosperms: Lamiales, Aquifoliales
May 4Lecture 22 Angiosperms: Aquifoliales, Apiales, Dipsacales, Asterales
May 6Lecture 23 Angiosperms: Monocots" Acorales, Alismatales, Liliales, Asparagales
May 11Lecture 24 Angiosperms: Monocots: Asparagales, Arecales, Poales

Other course resources:

Links to Websites that will help you learn your plant families and species.

List of plant families required for Lab Practical #3

List of plant species required for Lab Practical #3

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