CUGE-ECO-3002 Plant Diversity & Nomenclature Series - Introduction to Basic Plant ID

Learning to identify plants based on taxonomic characteristics is important as many plant species may superficially appear to be identical, even though they actually belong to completely different families, and are not closely related at all. Such mis-identifications often lead to improper care and placement of plants in the landscape, resulting in poor health and even death of the plants. Having the correct scientific name of a plant is essential to research the needs of it and to know what the proper care requirements of a particular species are. 


This one-day course aims to provide learners with a basic background in taxonomy and equip them with basic skills for proper plant identification. An essential feature of this course is the hands-on examination and dissection of live plant specimens in the classroom, as well as observing the living trees in the botanic gardens. 


  • Classroom based
  • Field study
  • Hands-on
  • Assessment


  • Planners and Developers
  • Architects
  • Surveyors
  • Tree care practitioners
  • Landscape Architects
  • Horticulturists


Bian Tan is a specialist in botany, taxonomy, horticulture, plant conservation and environmental education. He holds a MSc in Botany (Taxonomy & Systematics), and a BSc Honours in Horticulture with high distinction. Bian's experience spans many countries, notably the USA and the South East Asian nations. He has presented and moderated at numerous international conferences and has published articles in periodicals and journals. 


Professional Certification CEUs/CPDs
Certified Practising Horticulturist (CPH) 7
ISA Certified Arborist 5

*Awarded points may differ for different sessions.

COURSE FEES (Inclusive of GST)

Full fee $171.20

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

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