HRT202 Plant Taxonomy and Systematics (8)


This subject provides an introduction to the classification, naming, identification and floral biology of plants. Skills in identifying native and exotic species, using conventional and computer-based keys, will be developed. The recognition of plant family characteristics is emphasised.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRT202
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

BIO126 or BIO100 or AGR156 or PSC102 or PSC103

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical aspects of plant taxonomy
- be able to accurately identify native and exotic species using various identification techniques


The subject will cover the following topics:
- The need for classification
- Types of classification
- History of plant taxonomy
- Botanical nomenclature
- Identification methods
- Key construction
- Eucalypt classification
- Floral biology
- Flowering plant and structure
- Floral diagrams and formulae
- Identification of native and exotic plants by use of dichotomous keys
- Use of multi-access keys
- Key construction
- Computer assisted identification

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. To provide a hands on approach to the theory taught.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.