New discoveries to science from Kew

Over 250 years, Kew has made many discoveries about the fascinating worlds of plants and fungi. Each year, many new species of plant and fungi are discovered by our world class scientists.

We discover new things about the plants and fungi every day. This includes how different species relate to one another and new ways to use plants to make life easier and better. 

Plants are essential to life on earth. In a world where our changing environment is becoming less and less certain, the power of plants combined with Kew’s scientific expertise is ever more critical.

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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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New species discoveries

A bumper year for Kew in new species discovery

22 Dec 2009

Canopy giants and miniature fungi are among over 250 new species discovered in Kew’s 250th anniversary year


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Coffee beans

Seven species of wild coffee amongst Kew's haul of new discoveries

22 Dec 2009

Newly discovered coffee species could help safeguard the long-term survival of this important industry


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Makira reserve, Madagascar

Twenty new Madagascar palm species discovered by Kew botanists

22 Dec 2009

Kew's work in new species discovery is helping to safeguard the future of some of the country's most endangered plant life.


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Eucalyptus sweedmaniana

Knee-high eucalyptus discovered in SW Australia

22 Dec 2009

Kew's Director has recently described two new species in his native Australia


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Plant hunting on the Amazon

New species discovered in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

22 Dec 2009

A beautiful passionflower is amongst the species found in some of the country's most threatened habitats.


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Isoglossa variegata type specimen from Kew's Herbarium

Discovered in a glasshouse

22 Dec 2009

Fifty years on, a species found growing here at Kew finally gets a name!


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Miniature discoveries

Minute fungi and tiny flowering plants join the list of species newly discovered by Kew

22 Dec 2009

Some of the smaller - but no less important - new species include tiny fungi and flowering plants less than 10 cm tall.


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Korup National Park, Cameroon

Canopy giants from Cameroon

22 Dec 2009

Massive rainforest trees are amongst the list of recent discoveries by Kew and its partners across the world.


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Dioscorea stryodomania

Unique yam under threat

22 Dec 2009

Only two populations of this South African species are known in the wild.


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