Purpose of Plant Classification

The Creator created the world with various types of diversified plants. There are such small plants, which cannot be seen with the naked eyes, again there are also such big plants that can be seen from a long distance. There are many pants. whcih do not have flowers? Again there are such plants which cannot be differentiated into root, stem and leaf. There are some plants, which have got no chlorophyll. They are not green and cannot prepare their own food. The number of plants in this diversified plant world is innumerable. They are in lacs not in thousands. How can we know this great plant world? For this, there needs a well thought and well-organized system. This is the system of plant classification.


Classification is a system of arrangement in which one can know the plant kingdom easily. Considering the characteristics of plants of the vast plant kingdom, plants having similar characteristics are arranged in groups, i.e., one kind of plant is placed in one group. Thus plants are successively arranged in groups and sub-groups namely: Division, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species etc. This systematic arrangement is called classification. The main objective of classification is to know easily the vast plant kingdom in short time.

Aim of classification:

  1. To acquire knowledge about each group and sub-groups.
  2. To focus on the diversity of plant kingdom.
  3. To preserve properly the acquired knowledge.
  4. To present the full knowledge in a nutshell.
  5. To give a name to every unit.
  6. To identify useful plants for the benefit of mankind.