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Saintpaulia ionantha

Save a species outright for £2000

03 Nov 2011

The average costs to ensure a species of plant will never become extinct by collecting and storing it in Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is £2,000. Help Kew save the world's most threatened plants by saving a species outright for yourself, or as a gift for £2,000 today.


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Musa itinerans

Adopt a seed for £25 - choose your species

03 Nov 2011

Adopt one of our seeds held in the Millennium Seed Bank for £25 and help save the world's plants.


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Miombo woodland Africa

Pesticidal plants in Miombo woodlands

02 Nov 2011

Plants used to control pests in Southern and Eastern Africa are being studied to enhance their value to resource-poor farmers in the region.


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Digging through the Directors' Correspondence: Letters from the Archaeologist M. Aurel Stein

by: Virginia Mills, Library, Art and Archives blog
02 Nov 2011

Read about our trip to the British Library's International Dunhuang Project, the amazing scrolls discovered by archaeologist M. Aurel Stein, and some of Stein's letters that we recently unearthed from the Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive collection.

Gwendolyn Anley: a British bonsai pioneer

by: Richard Kernick, Bonsai blog
01 Nov 2011

Discover the history behind two of Kew's bonsai trees, and the little-known story of a British bonsai pioneer, Gwendolyn Anley.

A map showing all known collection sites of Solanum polhillii

Herbarium specimens document habitat change

26 Oct 2011

Botanists studying Solanum have used herbarium specimens to document vegetation change in Kenya, and have also described three new species.


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An ethnobotanical new year

by: Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany blog
25 Oct 2011

This autumn Kew welcomed the 14th intake of students into the joint University of Kent/Kew MSc in Ethnobotany.  In a packed two days the students were introduced to Kew's collections, had an intensive day of plant-collecting, and heard this year's Distinguished Ethnobotanist lecture.

The perfect Japanese maple?

by: Katie Price, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
25 Oct 2011

The trees in the Woodland Garden provide shade for us to grow a range of woodland plants and bulbs, but they also add their own colour at this time of year. The Japanese maple, Acer palmatum 'Sangokaku', is one of the best.

A gallery for the nation

by: Sian Davies & Joanne Seaton, Library, Art and Archives blog
24 Oct 2011

A new exhibition and a community art project - find out what's coming up next in Kew's galleries!

A very strange autumn

by: Tony Kirkham, Arboretum team blog
21 Oct 2011

Tony Kirkham shares his thoughts and observations on autumn this year - with its record high temperatures, confused plants and the best fruiting season in memory.

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Erythrina senegalensis

Erythrina senegalensis
coral tree

The coral tree has nothing to do with coral reefs – the name comes from the stunning bright red colour of the flowers, which appear in profusion on the tree when it is still without leaves.

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