Objectives

To list out the characteristic features and economic importance of selected families To utilize the taxonomical terminology and use their skills to identify plants.

Unit I Objectives and importance of systematic botany: Morphology – root, stem, leaf, inflorescence, flower and fruits – their modifications. Contribution to systematic botany by Indian Taxonomists – K.M. Mathew and HermenegildSantapau

Unit II Systems of classification; Artificial – Linnaeus; Natural – Bentham and Hooker –merits and demerits; Phylogenetic - Engler and Prantle. Nomenclature – Binomial system, Principles of ICN, Type method – Principle of priority – Author citation – Effective and valid publication. Herbarium techniques. Digital Herbarium

Unit III Detailed study of the following families with their economic importance: Annonaceae, Brassicaceae, Rutaceae, Anacardiaceae, Caesalpiniaceae and Myrtaceae.

Unit IV Cucurbitaceae, Rubiaceae, Solanaceae, Sapotaceae, Apocynaceae and Asclepiadaceae.

Unit V Lamiaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Arecaceae, Cannaceae,Orchidaceae and Poaceae,