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[Plant-education] plant taxonomy and systematics references

Janet Morrison morrisja at tcnj.edu
Mon Apr 3 14:59:58 EST 2006

Dear Plant-Ed folks,

I am developing a new course for Fall 2006 called "Field Botany and 
Plant Systematics."  I need to place an order soon for reference books 
for the students to purchase -- I hope you have some good suggestions. 
In this course I will be spending most of the time outdoors teaching 
students how to identify our local flora, then the students will spend 
time on their own using their references to work out each species' 
taxonomy and to learn about the characters that place the species into 
each taxonomic level.  I still have my old "Vascular Plant Families" by 
Smith (1977) which is nice but dated and detailed only at the level of 
Family. Also, I want to select an updated short text on plant 
systematics that (ideally) includes some history, an overview of 
techniques, and current concepts of plant phylogeny (I will supplement 
with journal articles). Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Janet Morrison,  The College of New Jersey

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