CUGE-ECO-3002G Plant Diversity & Nomenclature Series - Discovering Orchidaceae

The Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with blooms that are often colourful and fragrant. This family has about 26,000 accepted species distributed across more than 700 genera. Learning to identify the plant by its taxonomic character is essential in researching more about the needs and proper care requirements of a particular plant. 

On both days, students are required to bring in as many plant specimens as they wish to identify. All specimens must contain some leaves attached to the stem, and flowers and/or fruit. Specimens may be fresh (kept in plastic bags) and dried in newspaper if collected several days before the course.


The course aims to provide learners with a basic background in botany and equip them with the 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. 


  • Classroom Based
  • Site Visits
  • Hands-On
  • Planners and Developers
  • Architects
  • Surveyors
  • Tree Care Practitioners
  • Landscape Architects


 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 conference and has published articles in periodicals and journals. 


Professional Certification  CEUs
Certified Practicing Horticulturist 14
ISA Certified Arborist 10

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