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Building the Tropical Extravaganza

by: Kirsty Watson, Tropical Nursery blog
16 Feb 2012

Experience Kew’s Tropical Extravaganza from an apprentice’s point of view.

Ophrys apifera (bee orchid) flowers

Interesting plants at Kew

16 Feb 2012

Browse a selection of some of the most interesting and fascinating plants you can see at Kew Gardens.


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Flowers of Pterocarpus rohrii

Predicting the medicinal uses of plants

15 Feb 2012

Scientists study how phylogenetic trees can predict the medicinal uses of plants.


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New hollies for Kew's Holly Walk

by: Tony Hall, Arboretum team blog
15 Feb 2012

The Arboretum team continue the improvements to Holly Walk, planting new trees to ensure its future as a 'world's best' avenue of mature hollies.

Mapping live data and tweets from the field

by: Justin Moat and Steve Bachman, GIS team blog
14 Feb 2012

Mapping live data and tweets from the field - experiments with the latest technology 'mashups' in Sumatra.

Saving the seeds of love

by: Gemma Toothill, Millennium Seed Bank blog
13 Feb 2012

Come with me to the underground storage vault at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank to discover more about the heart marked seeds of 'love-in-a-puff' (Cardiospermum halicacabum).

Roses are red, violets are blue...and human heads are sign of good luck!

by: Virginia Mills, Library, Art and Archives blog
13 Feb 2012

As Valentine's Day approaches, discover the unusual way Taiwanese aborigines went about attracting a partner in the 19th Century, and why plant collector Richard Oldham said the Taiwan mountains were too dangerous a place to collect.

From the field - fly-camping in the Harapan Rainforest, Sumatra

by: Jenny Williams, GIS team blog
10 Feb 2012

Kew's GIS and South East Asia team report from their study sites deep in the forests of Sumatra. In this - their second post - they venture into the jungle, seeing all sorts of things on the way.

Image of Harapan forest fruit

Harapan forests and plants

10 Feb 2012

Photos of the forest and plants from Kew's GIS team in Sumatra


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Scanning electron micrograph of Endogone-like mycorrhiza of Treubia

How plants conquered the land

06 Feb 2012

Researchers contemplate the first symbioses between plants and fungi..


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Strelitzia reginae
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