Biology | Summer Flowering Plants
B364 | 1316 | Knox, E
Course Format: One 50-minute lecture and one 3-hour lab (MTWR). Labs
on Monday and Wednesday will usually involve fieldwork.
Requirements: One introductory biology course.
Course Description: Provides a broad, practical knowledge of the
diversity of summer flowering plants, and an introduction to plant
ecology. Lectures discuss the morphological characteristics of 20
families of flowering plants in our area, stressing features useful in
recognizing these families. The fieldwork will adopt a plant community
approach to understanding the flora. Students will collect flowering
plant specimens during field trips, analyze the structures of these
plants during lab, and use dichotomous keys to identify the plants to
species. Plant specimens are preserved as dried herbarium (museum)
reference material to facilitate species identification throughout the
course and beyond. This course is particularly practical for students
of ecology and the environment who wish to know which plant species
occupy a particular environment, for teachers engaged in interpreting
and teaching local flora, and for those who are simply interested in
investigating the wild plant species encountered in daily life for
personal enrichment or other purposes.
Required text: “Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United
States and Adjacent Canada”, seventh printing or higher, by Henry V.
Gleason and Arthur Cronquist.
Weekly Assignments: Make a full set of properly identified and dried
herbarium specimens, and be able to recognize and identify these
species. Learn the progressively cumulative characteristics of the
plant families discussed and illustrated in lecture. Master the
ecology topics presented and illustrated in lecture.
Exams/Papers: Three major lecture exams cover lecture/field notes and
assigned readings. Three major lab tests (usually coinciding with
lecture exams) evaluate plant identification skills. Cumulative
recognition tests evaluate students’ knowledge of previously
identified plants and families.