Dypsis tokoravina in Madagascar

Madagascar’s palms near extinction

Eighty-three percent of Madagascar's palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Washingtonia filifera

Palm biogeography

Researchers are using statistical and phylogenetic methods to help understand the biogeography of palms.

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Pretty little liars

In his fourth 'Seed of the Month' series, Wolfgang Stuppy exposes some fraudsters of the plant kingdom including the pretty but poisonous seeds of Abrus precatorius.

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Curse of the bamboo flower

A letter in the Directors' Correspondence archive describes how the deadly prediction of an old Chinese proverb about bamboo flowering came true.

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Eco-fibres old and new

Sustainable fibres are ever more popular with consumers and designers. The Textile Society's recent conference compared historic and contemporary approaches to the subject.

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Meet the mint family

Learn about some of the scientific research Kew botanists are focusing on in the Lamiaceae family, and visit Kew Gardens this month to hear more about it from our volunteer guides.