EEB 463 - Neotropical Plant Families
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 215 or EEB 459.
Other Course Info:
Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Neotropical Plant Families introduces students to recognition features of the major genera and families of the New World Tropics, from Mexico to northern Argentina.

Families covered are

  1. ecologically widespread and abundant in the neotropics,
  2. of taxonomic importance,
  3. of economic significance.

Course Requirements:

A major course project is completed by each student using specimens collected and identified by family specialists and housed at either/both the University of Michigan Herbarium and the Missouri Botanical Garden (Saint Louis, MO). A field trip to Missouri Botanical Garden is an integral part of the course, occupying 4-5 days in the last half of the term.

Intended Audience:

Two meetings per week include in-depth discussion and lectures on comparative morphology, anatomy, and ecological /economic significance of the families and genera, with a laboratory during which students examine dried specimens. Primary focus is on the vegetative (sterile) features that are most often encountered in field work.

Class Format:

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EEB 463 - Neotropical Plant Families
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
W 9:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (LAB)
F 9:00AM - 11:00AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0226289443
A field guide to the families and genera of woody plants of Northwest South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) with supplementary notes on herbaceous taxa, Author: Alwyn H. Gentry ; illustrations by Rodolfo Vasquez., Publisher: University of Chicago Press University 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780807844700
Guide to flowering plant families, Author: Zomlefer, Wendy B., Publisher: University of North Carolina Press 1994
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 184246602X
The Kew tropical plant families identification handbook
A 10x handlens (loupe) is also required. You will need this daily. Robyn Burnham has purchased these in larger quantities from Forestry Suppliers at a cost of about $25 /each. She will have them available the first couple of weeks of class if you are interested. You can test them before purchasing.
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