Local Flora (F&ES 505b) -

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Spring of Year 2005
We think the first organizational meeting is in 202 Luce Hall at 1 PM on Thur Jan.13

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The purpose of this course is to make you functionally literate with respect to the plant species of the northeast (woody & some herbaceous). This means that: 1). You can identify native (and locally common exotic) tree and shrub species on sight and know their scientific and common names.

2). You can say something about the species with respect to its range, special features, ecology, uses ? etc.

    First organizational meeting will be on Thur of the first week. It is at this time that we sort out sections and deal with people signing up. Some people have already signed up (Jan. 1, 2004)

   Sections will be run on Wed, Thur, and Fri. afternoons if the demand warrants.  I will run a section if there are at least 10 students.  Classes will start in the parking lot on the south side of Sage Hall at 1 pm and work at GML after returning from the field.
    We will spend one afternoon per week (Wed/Thur/Fri 1:00-5:00) in the field collecting material practicing identification and talking about species special features. Following the collection trip we will work in the Greeley Lab classroom to key out plants collected. Each week we will visit a different forest type. We will be outside walking in the woods - WET and COLD are key words to consider.

      1. An appropriately identified and labeled "twig" collection to include sixty trees species, forty shrub species and twenty herb species. Will be turned in for grading at the end of the winter collecting season. (25%)
2. A paper (or project) about some aspect of the local flora (A term paper). (20 %) 3. A field quiz of mature woody plants using the "string line" technique. (Note- you cannot get an A in the course without passing this aspect of the requirement.) Passing is a 70. (25 %)

4. If we have an early spring we will also collect and prepare herbarium specimens of herbaceous species.  If this is not possible the other four parts will each be increased proportionately. (5%)

5. A one page report each week (for a total of ten species) describing the characteristics, uses, range, ecology etc. of one species. (25 %)

Text: Keys to Woody Plants. W. C. Muenscher, 6th Edition, revised. Cornell Univ. Press. (at Yale Coop). You will also need a 10 x hand lens. Students also find that hand pruners(clippers), a roll of masking tape, and a plastic shopping bag make the collection and learning process easier logistically.
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