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Pink tubular flowers of Erica verticillata

Plant story - protecting the future of Erica verticillata

01 Jan 2010

Erica verticillata was last seen in the wild in 1908 and was, until 1984, thought to be extinct. It has since been found and re-established thanks to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.


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Iris nigricans

Plant story - the surprising collection of Iris nigricans

01 Jan 2010

Find out how the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership collection team in Jordon found Iris nigricans while taking a coffee break.


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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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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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Collecting Protea cryophila

Plant story - finding snow protea

01 Jan 2010

Find out how snow protea (Protea cryophila) was lost and found thanks to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.


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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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Ixia mostertii in the wild

Plant story - conserving Ixia mostertii, an endangered plant species

01 Jan 2010

Ixia mostertii, found in the Breede River Valley in South Africa. The area is better known for its fine wines, fruits and beautiful mountains.


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Bluey purple flowers of Dalea azulea

Plant story - Dalea azurea has been given new lease of life by Millennium Seed Bank partners in Chile

01 Jan 2010

Dalea azurea  is an endangered plant species restricted to only one valley in the area of Paposo, in the Atacama Region in Chile. The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is helping to protect this plant for our future.


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Yellow flowers of Leucadendron levisanus

Plant story - endangered plant capeflats conebush has been successfully collected for conservation

01 Jan 2010

Capeflats conebush (Leucadendron levisanus) is endemic to the western Cape area of South Africa and is Critically Endangered. The seed of this plant species is now safely stored in Kew's Millennium Seed Bank.


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Aloe ballyi

Plant story - a rare tree from Kenya, Aloe ballyi, has been saved by Millennium Seed Bank partners

01 Jan 2010

The seeds of a rare Aloe tree were collected in the Taita Hills of Kenya during a collaborative collecting mission involving the National Genebank of Kenya and the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.


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