Part I : Principles and Practices of Plant Taxonomy
Chapter I : Introduction
Chapter II : Taxonomy and its Significance
Interrelationships with allied sciences; problems in taxonomy; opportunities.
Chater III : History of Classification
Period I. classifications based on habit; Period II. artificial systems based on numerical classifications; Period III. systems based on form relationships; Period IV. systems based on phylogeny; other contemporary systems.
Chapter IV : Principles of Taxonomy
Major categories of classification; minor categories of classification; infraspecific categories; morphological criteria.
Chapter V : Phylogenetic Considerations
Significance to taxonomy; diversity of phyletic concepts; contributions to phylogenetic knowledge; phylogeny and the higher categories.
Chapter VI : Current Systems of Classification
Bentham and Hooker; Engler and Prantl; Rendle; Wettstein; Pulle; Skottsberg; Bessey; Hallier; Hutchinson.
Chapter VII : The Geography of Vascular Plants
Genesis and evolution; geography and its relationship to plant distribution; vegetation areas of the earth; physiographic areas of North America; taxonomic significance of physiographic areas; phytogeography-static vs.dynamic; principles of dynamic geography; importance of phytogeography to taxonomy.
Chapter VIII : Biosystematics and Cytogenetics
Biosystematics and modern taxonomy; mechanics of evolution; biosystematic categories; methods in experimental taxonomy; importance to taxonomic research and interpretation; apomisix; limitations of cytogenetic criteria.
Chapter IX : Plant Nomenclature
Beginnings of organized nomenclature; codes of nomenclature-Paris, Rochester, Vienna, American; International Rules of Botanical Nomenclature; primary and other provisions of the Rules; units of classification.
Chapter X : Plant Identification
Taxonomic Literature; herbaria.
Chapter XI : Field and Herbarium Techniques
Collecting procedures; preparation of specimens; preservation of specimens; housing of bulky materials; herbarium cases; type specimens.
Chapter XII : Monographs and Revisions
Chapter XIII : Floristics
Types of floristic study; procedures.
Chapter XIV : Literature of Taxonomic Botany
General taxonomic indexes; world floras; regional floras and manuals; monographs and revisions; bibliographies, catalogues, and review serials; periodicals; glossaries and dictionaries; cultivated and economic plants; Maps and Cartography; miscellaneous reference works.
Part II : Selected Families of Vascular Plants
Suggested syllabus for elementary course
Illustrated glossary of botanical terms