CUGE-ECO-3002D Plant Diversity & Nomenclature Series - Discovering Moraceae & Arecaceae

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 therefore are not closely related at all. 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 when we intend to research the needs and proper care requirements of a particular species.


The Plant Diversity & Nomenclature Part IV course aim to provide learners with a basic background in Botany and equip them with skills for proper plant identification. Basic plant observation skills needed for proper plant identification will be covered during the course. An essential and popular feature of this series of courses is the hands–on examination and dissection of live plant specimens in the classroom, as well as field trips in the botanic gardens to observe the extremely diverse living collections.

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.


The Plant families covered for Part IV are Fig (Moraceae) and Palm (Arecaeae).


  • Classroom session
  • Field trips


  • Horticulture and Landscape Industry Practitioners
  • Nature Enthusiasts and Volunteers


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


*Course Fees (Inclusive of GST)
Full Fee $386.00

Fees include provision of training, assessment materials, tools and equipment and refreshment.
*Terms and conditions apply. 


Professional Certification CEUs/CPDs
ISA Certified Arborist 10
Certified Practicing Horticulturist 13

*Awarded points may differ for different sessions.

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