Biology 108C, Fall 2010
Field Biology: An
Introduction to Wildflowers
Dr. Jerry Skinner;
Capwell Hall Rm. 211; phone: 570-945-8404.
Wildflower Guide. Little,
Brown & Company: Boston.
Young, S. 2010
Name Changes for
handlens, field notebook, and technical pen.
When this course is
complete, you will
1. recognize some of the common wild flowering plants (herbs,
shrubs and trees) of our area.
2. identify common plants.
3. gain familiarity with simple taxonomic keys.
4. determine the family to which any plant belongs.
5. understand the distribution of PA plants in relation
to glaciation, climate, physiography, bedrock, soil, etc.
6. appreciate the status of Pennsylvania's endangered plants and
7. recognize how early the first killing frost comes to NE PA!
Come prepared to be
outside for the entire class, rain or shine.
keys; how to preserve a plant. Brief on campus field trip.
||Labor Day: no class.
||First specimen due.
Ferns and campus field trip.
Field trip to Woodbourne Preserve.
||Five specimens due.
Field trip to Lake Manataka field station.
||Five specimens due;
garden contributions must be planted by this date.
||Last 10 specimens
Herbarium contributions due. Final exam.
||Data entry complete. Final grades assigned.
A collection of 25
esthetically mounted, properly identified and documented plants.
This collection must contain at least 12 different genera and 10
different families [unless other arrangements are made in advance;
e.g., you may wish to specialize in trees, ferns, goldenrods,
etc.]. Certain very common
species (which are well represented in the herbarium) will not count
towards your requirements. See
me for a list of excluded plants.
aid in proper identification and grading, you must look in the Vascular
Plants of Pennsylvania book (henceforth referred to as the FLORA book),
and write IN PENCIL the page number of the
range map on the BACK of your mounted specimen
sheet. You must also write
the page number of your field guide where you found this specimen so
that I can look it up quickly when grading.
Newcombe: p. 151
each plant specimen is potentially worth 10 points, assigned down
|quality of mount
to Keystone College:
To help improve the course in future years, you will make one of
the following contributions:
You will plant an appropriate, vigorously alive,
accurately identified fern into the Capwell Garden.
You will add 10, high quality, digital diagnostic images of local plants to the Keystone College Virtual Herbarium.
3) Serve as the
Virtual Herbarium webmaster to design and construct the website.
If you are invited to contribute a specimen to KC's
herbarium collection, add 1 point. You increase the chances of receiving such an invitation by
submitting 1) an exceptionally aesthetic specimen, or, 2) a species not
presently in the collection. You
must donate your specimen and properly enter it into the database to
receive this bonus.
How your grade will be determined:
25 specimens (@ 10 pts)
final exam--practical exam
Contribution to garden or virtual herbarium 25
= 90%, B = 80%, C = 70%, D = 60%, F = <60%
plus/minus grades will be assigned.
guide for final lab practical exam
Species Information System (US Government), Alien
Plant Invaders (National Park Service)
Native Plant Society
of Pennsylvania's Poisonous Plants Home Page
Poisonous Plants of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Flora Project
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