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Three new palm genera

Manjekia maturbongsii
Fri, 2014-09-26 16:05

Recent botanical exploration in eastern Malesia has resulted in the discovery of three spectacular palm taxa that have proved difficult to assign to genus. New evidence from molecular phylogenetic research has resulted in these taxa being recognised as three monotypic genera new to science in a recent paper published in Kew Bulletin.

Cyclamen carpet in bloom at Wakehurst Place

Cyclamen carpet
Mon, 2014-09-08 17:56

Thought to be one of the largest populations of flowering cyclamen in the country this stunning display is produced by a Mediterranean variety: Cyclamen hederifolium.

Wakehurst yew hedges are used as an ingredient in chemotherapy drugs

Chinese plum yew
Fri, 2014-08-29 18:29

The sides of the Pleasaunce hedges at Wakehurst, Kew’s country garden in Ardingly, have proved invaluable to Limehurst who have been collecting yew hedge clippings around the UK since 1992. The firm, based at Hambrook near Chichester, extract taxol from the clippings - a constituent of a chemotherapy drug given to treat ovarian and breast cancers.

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