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Crocus carpet at Wakehurst

Spring comes early to Wakehurst

13 Feb 2014

Dozens of plants are in flower as spring arrives early at Wakehurst Place, Kew’s country estate.


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Discovering the secrets of Japanese paper conservation

by: Emma Le Cornu, Library, Art and Archives blog
13 Feb 2014

Paper conservator, Emma Le Cornu, describes a visit to Tokyo to learn the secrets of Japanese paper conservation.

New guidebook for Brazilian biodiversity hotspot

by: D. Zappi & W. Milliken, Herbarium blog
12 Feb 2014

Daniela Zappi and William Milliken describe Kew's latest contribution to our knowledge of the Brazilian flora.

Photo of Phalaenopsis orchids from Kew's Orchid festival

Live online chat with Kew experts on how to grow orchids

12 Feb 2014

Ask our orchid specialists any questions you have about how to grow orchids.


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Modelling the distributions of Falkland Island plants, part one - disentangling datasets

by: Rebecca Upson, UK Overseas Territories team blog
11 Feb 2014

Rebecca Upson from Kew’s UK Overseas Territories team is investigating the impacts of climate change on plant distributions in the Falkland Islands. Here she provides an insight into the vital first stage of the project.

Seed collecting workshop in Vietnam

by: Elinor Breman, Millennium Seed Bank blog
10 Feb 2014

Elinor Breman, Species Collections Support Officer at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), reports on a training workshop in Vietnam that brought partners from across Asia together to learn about collecting, handling and banking the seeds of their crop wild relatives.

Ancient Madagascan grass sheds light on crop evolution

by: Maria Vorontsova, Kew Science blog
07 Feb 2014

Maria Vorontsova, Kew’s grass taxonomist, describes how an ancient grass lineage from Madagascar could provide valuable insights into today’s crop species.

Orchid hunting in Cambodia

by: Christopher Ryan, Tropical Nursery blog
07 Feb 2014

Nursery and Orchid Collection Manager, Christopher Ryan, reports on a recent orchid hunting trip to Cambodia.

The living fossil

by: Tavian Hunter, Library, Art and Archives blog
06 Feb 2014

Library Graduate Trainee, Tavian Hunter, describes books, letters and paintings in the Kew collections about the remarkable species Welwitschia mirabilis, the 'living fossil'.

Cover of International Garden Photography of the Year 7

Book of the month - International Garden Photographer of the Year: Collection 7

05 Feb 2014

This sumptuous book showcases the winners and best entries for the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.


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Dracaena jayniana

Dracaena jayniana
red dragon tree

Dracaena jayniana produces extremely long woody roots that can reach down to the water table below its arid, rocky limestone habitat.

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