831138 Systematic botany (forestry)

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


Overview of the plant system (land plants: mosses, pteridophytes and seed plants) and discussion of the most important families with regard to Central European forest ecosystems.
Basics of recording and describing the diversity of plant forms.
Use of plant characteristics to understand evolution in the plant kingdom.
1. unit: introduction, mosses, lichens
2. unit: angiosperms: flower, inflorescences
3. unit: fruits, basal angiosperms, monocots
4. unit: monocots--commelinids, basal eudicots, rosids
5. unit: rosids
6. unit: rosids
7. unit: asterids
8. unit: methods and concepts of systematic botany
9. unit: reproduction
10. unit: ferns, lycophytes, horsetails
11. unit: gymnosperms
12. unit: dispersal, growth form, ecology and distribution

Previous knowledge expected

831133 UE General botany
831135 VO General botany

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Graduates of this course will be able to
- recognise and describe the diversity of forms in the plant kingdom
- assess the importance of different traits for the expression of diversity
- interpret structures and progressions in terms of the evolution of species
- assess ways of dealing with the phenomenon of diversity
- record and evaluate plant biodiversity in forest ecosystems
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.