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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify a range of ornamental plants used in the horticultural industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264259  Identify a range of ornamental plants used in the horticultural industry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify 120 plants, including indigenous and exotic, that are commonly used in horticulture.
  • Categorise these plants into various groups e.g. trees and shrubs.
  • Describe the growth habits and the size that mature plants may attain.
  • Identify the seasonal flowering characteristics of these plants.
  • Describe the preferred climatic requirements for these plants.
  • Recognize any specific needs of the plants. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the characteristics and growth requirements of annual bedding plants that are commonly used in horticulture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ten distinctly different indigenous annuals commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety as they pertain to the local environment according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ten distinctly different exotic annuals commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The diagnostic indicators of each annual bedding plant are used to define their particular form and growth habits according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The characteristic features that distinguish each annual bedding plant are described in terms of the colour, size and shape of their leaves and flowers according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The particular needs of the annual bedding plants, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their preferred soil types and drainage requirements according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The particular climatic requirements of the annual bedding plants, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their frost tolerance, water requirements or drought resistance according to given theory. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the characteristics and growth requirements of herbaceous plants that are commonly used in horticulture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ten distinctly different indigenous herbaceous plants commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ten distinctly different exotic herbaceous plants commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The diagnostic indicators of each herbaceous plant are used to define their particular form and growth habits according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The differences between the various herbaceous plants are described in terms of the seasons in which they flower and their dormancy habits according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The characteristic features that distinguish each herbaceous plant are described in terms of the colour, size and shape of their leaves and flowers according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The particular needs of the herbaceous plants, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their preferred soil types and drainage requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The particular climatic requirements of the herbaceous plants, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their frost tolerance, water requirements or drought resistance according to given theory. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the characteristics and growth requirements of ground covers that are commonly used in horticulture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Five distinctly different indigenous ground covers commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Five distinctly different exotic ground covers commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The diagnostic indicators of each ground cover are used to define their particular form and growth habits according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The differences between deciduous and evergreen ground covers are described in terms of their distinctive features and dormancy habits according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The characteristic features that distinguish each ground cover are described in terms of the colour, size and shape of their leaves and flowers according to given theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The particular needs of the ground covers, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their preferred soil types and drainage requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The particular climatic requirements of the ground covers, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their frost tolerance, water requirements or drought resistance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the characteristics and growth requirements of climbing plants that are commonly used in horticulture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Five distinctly different indigenous climbing plants commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The diagnostic indicators of each climbing plant are used to define their particular form and growth habits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The differences between deciduous and evergreen climbing plants are described in terms of their distinctive features and dormancy habits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The characteristic features that distinguish each climbing plant are described in terms of the colour, size and shape of their leaves and flowers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The particular needs of the climbing plants, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their preferred soil types and drainage requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The particular climatic requirements of the climbing plants, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their frost tolerance, water requirements or drought resistance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe the characteristics and growth requirements of shrubs that are commonly used in horticulture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fifteen distinctly different indigenous shrubs commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fifteen distinctly different exotic shrubs commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The diagnostic indicators of each shrub are used to define their particular form and growth habits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The differences between deciduous and evergreen shrubs are described in terms of their distinctive features and dormancy habits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The characteristic features that distinguish each shrub are described in terms of the colour, size and shape of their leaves, flowers and fruit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The particular needs of the shrubs, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their preferred soil types and drainage requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The particular climatic requirements of the shrubs, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their frost tolerance, water requirements or drought resistance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Describe the characteristics and growth requirements of trees that are commonly used in horticulture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fifteen distinctly different indigenous trees commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fifteen distinctly different exotic trees commonly used in horticulture are identified by genus and species or variety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The diagnostic indicators of each tree are used to define their particular form and growth habit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The differences between deciduous and evergreen trees are described in terms of their distinctive features and dormancy habits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The characteristic features that distinguish each tree are described in terms of the colour, size and shape of their leaves, flowers and fruit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The particular needs of the trees, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in context of their preferred soil types and drainage requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The particular climatic requirements of the trees, when used in a typical landscape, are explained in the context of their frost tolerance, water requirements or drought resistance. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria for each Specific Outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Discerning the characteristic features that distinguish each shrub by use of the colour, size and shape of their leaves, flowers and fruit. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Planning an inspection of the growth habits of local indigenous shrubs. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Discussing the unique features of climbing plants. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the influence that climatic conditions have in the selection of plants for a garden. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66649   National Certificate: Landscaping  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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