BIOS 427
: Systematic Botany - Fall 2005
Instructor: Dr. Todd Barkman

All dates, material and instructors are subject to change
This syllabus is posted to give an overall description of the class, it is not the actual syllabus for 2005. The actual syllabus will be posted just prior to the fall semester beginning

MW 1:00-4:50 PM -Wood Hall 1120
Office hours: TR 12:15-1:15 - 3437 Wood Hall or by appointment
Phone: 387-5610 or 387-2776, Email:

LAB: 1127 Wood Hall
M 9-11:50: Greg Korchnak
M 1-3:50: Beth Whately
W 1-3:50: Beth Whately

This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the major seed plant families as well as some of the conceptual topics encompassed within systematic botany. We will learn the flora of Michigan through the use of keys on fresh, pickled and herbarium material. The bulk of the course is designed to survey plants of local occurrence as well as those commonly cultivated and will be tied to central themes discussed throughout the semester including evolutionary and ecological phenomena like hybridization, speciation, pollination, and biogeography. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify a diversity of plant species encountered in the local area through the use of taxonomic keys. In addition, the student will be expected to recognize many plant species and families on sight from an accumulated knowledge of their diagnostic characters.

You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate (pp. 274-276) [Graduate (pp. 26-28)] Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.

Text: Michigan Flora. Part I-III. Voss, E. G. Cranbrook Institute of Science

Grading will be based on 500 points:
Final Comprehensive Exam 100 pts
2 Hourly Exams 200 pts
10 Lab Quizzes 200 pts
Total 500 pts

Grading Scale:
A..... 450-500 C..... 350-374
BA.. 425-449 DC.. 325-349
B..... 400-424 D..... 300-324
CB.. 375-399 E.....below 299

Attendance is very important because the lecture and lab material will be tightly integrated and participation in discussions will be expected. Dates for quizzes will be announced throughout the semester. Missed labs, quizzes, and exams can not be made up without prior consultation with the instructor or written documentation of an excused absence. Many class periods will be spent in the field so please bring appropriate clothing and/or raingear.

BIOS 427 Tentative Lecture Schedule (Fall 2005):

September 1: Introduction to the course
September 6: Labor Day Break
September 8: Gymnosperms: Gnetales, Cycadales, Ginkgoaceae, Pinaceae, Cupressaceae, Taxaceae
September 13: "Basal Angiosperms": Magnoliaceae, Annonaceae, Lauraceae, Piperaceae, Aristolochiaceae, Ceratophyllaceae, Illiciaceae, Myristicaceae, Nymphaeaceae
September 15: "Basal Eudicots": Berberidaceae, Ranunculaceae, Papaveraceae, Fumariaceae, Platanaceae, Nelumbonaceae; quiz 1
September 20: No class
September 22: "Basal Eudicots": Hamamelidaceae, Haloragaceae, Crassulaceae, Saxifragaceae , Grossulariaceae, September 27: "Caryophyllids": Cactaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Nyctaginaceae, Phytolaccaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Portulacaceae, Polygonaceae, Droseraceae, Nepenthaceae; quiz 2
September 29: "Rosids": Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Juglandaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Fabaceae, Polygalaceae
October 4: "Rosids": Rosaceae, Ulmaceae, Moraceae, Rhamnaceae, Urticaceae, Elaeagnaceae, Cannabaceae, Brassicaceae; quiz 3
October 6: "Rosids": Tiliaceae, Sterculiaceae, Malvaceae, Styphyleaceae, Hippocastanaceae, Aceraceae, Anacardiaceae, Simaroubaceae, Rutaceae

October 11: Exam I

October 13: "Rosids": Celastraceae, Geraniaceae, Vitaceae, Lythraceae, Melastomataceae, Myrtaceae, Onagraceae
October 18: "Rosids": Linaceae, Oxalidaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Violaceae, Salicaceae, Hypericaceae; quiz 4
October 20: "Asterids": Aquifoliaceae, Hydrangeaceae, Cornaceae, Ericaceae, Primulaceae, Sarraceniaceae, Polemoniaceae , Balsaminaceae
October 25: "Asterids": Hydrophyllaceae, Boraginaceae, Solanaceae, Convovulaceae, Cuscutaceae, Verbenaceae, Lamiaceae; quiz 5
October 27: "Asterids": Plantaginaceae, Oleaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Orobanchaceae, Bignoniaceae, Lentibulariaceae; quiz 6
November 1: "Asterids": Gentianaceae, Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Rubiaceae, Araliaceae, Apiaceae
November 3: "Asterids": Caprifoliaceae, Dipsacaceae, Asteraceae, Campanulaceae; quiz 7

November 8: Exam II

November 10: Monocots: Alismataceae, Commelinaceae, Poaceae, Juncaceae, Cyperaceae
November 15: Monocots: Thyphaceae, Bromeliaceae, Musaceae, Zingiberaceae, Arecaceae; quiz 8
November 17: Monocots: Araceae, Pontederiaceae, Iridaceae, Liliaceae, Agavaceae, Smilacaceae, Orchidaceae;
November 22: Hybridization; quiz 9
November 29: Parasitic plants
December 1: Field trip
December 6: Tropical plant diversity; quiz 10

Final Exam: December 9 Thursday 12:30-2:30