CUGE ECO 3002B Plant Diversity & Nomenclature Series - Discovering Lamiaceae, Araceae & Pteridophyte

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. 

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring in as many unknown plant specimens as they wish to be identified during both the courses. All specimens must contain some leaves attached to the stem, and, flowers and/or fruit wherever possible. Specimens may be fresh (kept in plastic bags) or if collected several days before the course, they should be pressed and dried in newspaper.


  • 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 an MSc in Botany (Taxonomy & Systematics), and a BSc Honors in Horticulture with high distinction. Bian's experience spans across 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
ISA Certified Arborist 5
Certified Practising Horticulturist 7

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*A course confirmation e-mail will be sent to all participants who have registered successfully. Class size will be limited to facilitate discussions and group exercises. Please register early.

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