CUGE-ARB-3005 Plant Diversity & Nomenclature: Part V Fabaceae

Learning to identify trees based on taxonomic characters is important because mis-identifications very often lead to improper care and placement of trees in the landscape, spoiling the beauty and quality of the landscape, and even resulting in death of the trees. Having the correct scientific name of a plant is essential when we intend to research more about the needs and proper care requirements of a particular plant.


This programme aims to provide learners with a basic background in Botany and equip them with basic skills for proper plant identification, with emphasis on street trees. An essential feature of this course is the hands-on examination and dissection of live plant specimens in the classroom.

On both days, students are required to bring in as many plant specimens (belonging to any family, not only the Bean Family) as they wish for identification. All specimens must contain some leaves attached to the stem, and especially, flowers and/or fruit. Specimens may be fresh (kept in plastic bags) or if collected several days before the course, they should be pressed and dried in newspaper. 


These topics will be covered in classroom and practical field sessions in the botanic gardens:- 

  • Introduction to Tropical Plant Diversity and Conservation
  • Naming of plants – basic classification and nomenclature
  • Terminology of plant parts used in plant identification
  • Introduction to keys and how to use them in identifications
  • Introduction to the Bean Family (Fabaceae)

The largely tropical Bean Family is well represented in our street trees, such as the Rain Tree, Angsana, and Yellow Flame. The course will cover the characteristics that define the 3 different subfamilies within the Bean Family, as well as the characters that define our more common street tree species


  • Classroom sessions and dissections
  • Outdoor field trips in the garden, practicing identifications and plant characters


  • Planners and Developers
  • Architects
  • Surveyors
  • Tree Care Practitioners & Landscape Architects
  • Project/Estate Managers involved in project planning and development

Mr Bian Tan is a specialist in Botany, Taxonomy, Horticulture, Botanic Gardens, Plant Conservation and Environmental Education. He also holds an MSc in Botany focusing on Taxonomy & Systematics, and a BSc Honors in Horticulture with High Distinction.


Professional Certification

Number of CEU Points

ISA Certified Arborist


Certified Practicing Horticulturist


*Accredited points may differ for different sessions.


Full Fee (Inclusive of GST): $386/-

Fees include provision of training, assessment materials, tools and equipment and refreshment.

*Terms and conditions apply.

All information are correct as of posted date.

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