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Canarina canariensis

Kew today - Kew's canary bellflower is in flower

21 Jan 2010

See this beautiful climbing plant in the Princess of Wales Conservatory


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White water lily and Trithuria submerse, the new waterlily relative

As easy as APG III - Scientists revise the system of classifying flowering plants

20 Jan 2010

Scientists from Kew have led a global revision of the system botanists use to classify flowering plants. This work will have a fundamental impact on how botanic gardens organise their collections and the future use of plant information to improve quality of life.


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Pyrostegia venusta

Kew today - See the flame vine in bloom

19 Jan 2010

Visit Kew's Princess of Wales Conservatory to see this beautiful South American vine in flower.


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It may be snowing but spring is on its way...

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
14 Jan 2010

And the snowdrops are already fighting through.

Snow surrounds the Palm House at Kew

Kew today - Escape the winter chill in Kew's Palm House

13 Jan 2010

Escape the cold at Kew Gardens and discover our amazing plants in flower in the Palm House.


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Preserving the past for the future

by: Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany blog
12 Jan 2010

How student conservators help care for Kew's collections

Image of a raspy cricket

First known instance of a cricket as an orchid pollinator captured on film by Kew scientist

12 Jan 2010

An orchid researcher based on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, and collaborating with researchers at Kew, has used motion-sensitive night cameras to capture the first known occurrence of a cricket functioning as a pollinator of flowering plants. The ‘raspy cricket' is entirely new to science.


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A group of people throwing snowballs at Kew Gardens

Things to do at Kew in January

08 Jan 2010

Make the most of the snow at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place this new year.  See art meet science in the Art of Plant Evolution exhibition in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery.


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Galanthus elwesii

Kew today - Snowdrops at home in the snow

08 Jan 2010

A precocious harbinger of spring, this snowdrop can flower as early as December.


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Orange fruits of the Chinese persimmon (Diospyros kaki)

Kew today - Chinese persimmon

08 Jan 2010

Come to Kew Gardens and see the glorious orange fruits of the Chinese persimmon


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Illicium verum (star anise) fruit

Illicium verum
star anise

The distinctive star-shaped fruits of star anise are of great culinary and medicinal value.

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