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Kew's plant hunters discover new plant life in the rainforests of Cameroon

The great rainforests of Africa are some of the most species-rich natural habitats in the world and we found many new and exciting plants on our recent expedition there.

Cameroon rainforest

Kew’s work with partners in Cameroon has lead to the creation of a National Park in the Bakossi mountains. This is a major step towards long-term conservation in this internationally important area.

Kew identified many new and exciting plants during a recent expedition to Cameroon, including the mint Plectranthus cataractarum which only grows on waterfalls.

We also found a stunning orchid not seen for 30 years. Ossiculum aurantiacum was rescued from a tree felled by loggers.

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