New discoveries 2010
Scientists at Kew celebrate their successes at the close of UN’s International Year of Biodiversity. Browse some of the weird, wonderful and stunning discoveries they made in 2010.
On average, 2,000 new plant species are discovered each year, and Kew botanists, using our vast collection of over 8 million plant and fungal specimens, contribute to the description of approximately 10 per cent of these new discoveries.
Professor Stephen Hopper, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew says, “Each year, botanists at Kew, working in collaboration with local partners and scientists, continue to explore, document and study the world’s plant and fungal diversity, making astonishing new discoveries from microscopic fungi to canopy giants."
Ascension Island parsley fern
Japanese canopy plant
moon carrot rust
bird’s-eye primrose smut
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