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Books of the month: Kew books for Christmas

Mon, 2014-11-24 12:32

We've selected a range of Kew books that will make ideal gifts this festive season, with ideas for foodies, gardeners, photography enthusiasts, art lovers and even plant hunters. These are some of our bestselling, award-winning titles.

Book of the month: Plant Lover's Guides: Sedums and Snowdrops

Fri, 2014-10-31 12:00

About the series

Maximizing the phylogenetic diversity of seed banks

Z. glabra
Fri, 2014-10-17 12:50

The conservation of plant species in botanical gardens and seed banks is an important complement to conserving species in their natural habitat. It is therefore necessary to give the same attention to the biological diversity represented in ex situ conservation facilities as is often given to protected areas.

Extinct fungus mystery solved

Photo of Clavariadelphus truncatus
Mon, 2014-10-13 11:55

The fruit bodies of the fungus Clavariadelphus truncatus emerge from the woodland floor like pale brown flat-topped (truncated) stalagmites. Although a conspicuous fungus, it has no vouchered British records since Carleton Rea’s find in Shrawley Wood, Worcestershire, in 1924, and it was unofficially declared extinct here in 2006.

A plant family named for Kew

Kewa bowkeriana
Thu, 2014-10-09 15:24

Molluginaceae are a family of herbs and small shrubs of arid lands. However, DNA studies have shown that not all species attributed to this family are the closest relatives of each other. Several genera have already been removed from Molluginaceae and placed in other families.