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
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences
Assumed Knowledge
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 3 day Compulsory Residential School.To provide a hands on approach to the theory taught.
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.