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Flowers of Chamaegigas intrepidus

Plant story - collecting the seed of intrepid little giant

01 Jan 2010

Conservationists from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank have collected the seed of intrepid little giant, a truly remarkable plant.


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Acanthus syriacus (Photo: S. Khairallah)

Plant story - Acanthus syriacus, a difficult species for seed collecting

01 Jan 2010

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has conserved the rare plant Acanthus syriacus. Farmers cut the plants back because of the hard and harmful spines that hurt them and their cattle. Collecting the seeds of Acanthus syriacus also presents a challenge.


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Origanum syriacum in the wild

Plant story - helping to conserve Origanum syriacum

01 Jan 2010

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has conserved the endangered Origanum syriacum, the most economic and edible wild plant in Lebanon.


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Iris sofarana ssp. kesrwana

Plant story - Iris sofarana, an endemic plant species from the higher mountains in Lebanon

01 Jan 2010

The showy flowers of Iris sofarana make it vulnerable to unlicensed collecting, for personal and commercial use.


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Roridula dentata in the wild

Plant story - Roridula dentata, endemic to South Africa

01 Jan 2010

A tentacle leafed shrub, endemic to the Cape Province of South Africa.


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msb mimetes hirtus bagging

Plant story - Mimetes hirtus, vulnerable species bagged by Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Partnership in South Africa

01 Jan 2010

Also known as the Marsh pagoda or Vleistompie, this species is difficult to collect.


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Fruit of Harpagophytum zeheri

Plant story - "Devils claw" found and collected from Botswana

01 Jan 2010

Millennium Seed Bank Partnership fieldwork in the Okavango Delta in December 2005 located five IUCN Red List Index plant species, one of these being the very useful "Devils claw" (Harpagophytum zeyheri).


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Banksia solandri

Plant story - Banksia solandri has been conserved

01 Jan 2010

Banksia solandri has been conserved by the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership's Australian partners. This plant species is in decline due to fire and disease.


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Piles of illegally harvested wood

Plant story - a very useful plant, Osyris lanceolata, is at risk of extinction due to overexploitation

01 Jan 2010

The commercial demand of Osyris products has recently led to an increased rate of exploitation, to an extent that its existence in its natural habitat is seriously threatened. Thanks to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, this plant species is now safeguarded for our future.


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Dioscorea strydomiana in the wild

Plant story - a newly discovered species of Dioscorea has been collected and saved

01 Jan 2010

This Dioscorea (yam) species is scarce because it has been over-collected  for medicinal use. A newly discovered species of Dioscorea has now been collected and saved by the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.


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