Objectives 

1. To be familiar in identifying the botanical name of plants. 

2. To enable the students to get knowledge of modern trends in taxonomy of Angiosperms.

Unit I Aim and scope of plant taxonomy – Systems of angiosperm classification; Linnaeus, Bentham and Hooker and Engler and Prantle; Merits and demerits of these classification; Taxonomic literatures – floras, revisions, manuals, monographs and check lists; Identification and preparation of intended keys and bracketed keys; Herbarium techniques – Types and functions of herbarium; Digital Herbarium.
Unit II Botanical nomenclature – ICN, Principles and Role of ICN, Rules – principle of priority, rejection of names, limitations in the principle of priority, typification, author citation, effective and valid publications; Numerical taxonomy – principles, character coding, measurement of resemblance-cluster analysis, current trends in biosystematics; Cladistics – phylogenetic approach of classification, species concept; Molecular markers as taxonomic tools – RAPD, RFLP, AFLP, ISSR.

Unit III Objectives and importance of systematic botany; systematic position, salient features, distribution, description and economic importance of Capparidaceae, Polygalaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Tiliaceae, Zygophyllaceae.
Unit IV Systematic position, salient features, distribution, description and economic importance of Rhamnaceae, Sapindaceae, Passifloraceae, Sapotaceae, Oleaceae, Boraginaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Bignoniaceae.
Unit V Systematic position, salient features, distribution, description and economic importance of Verbenaceae, Nyctaginaceae, Aristalochiaceae, Casuarinaceae, Orchidaceae, Commelinaceae, Araceae, Cyperaceae.