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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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Dr Rhian Smith collecting speciments of Isoetes eludens in South Africa

Ancient aquatic plant on the rocks

22 Dec 2009

The tiny Isoetes eludens, which lives in temporary rock pools, may be at risk from climate change


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Dendrobium serena-alexianum

Mountains of orchids...

22 Dec 2009

New species of orchids discovered on Borneo's highest mountain


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Indigofera serpentinicola

New Indigofera species described by Kew scientists

22 Dec 2009

Fourteen species of the blue dye-producing genus have been described as new to science


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Welcome to Kew's archive...

by: Kiri Ross-Jones, Library, Art and Archives blog
18 Dec 2009

Meet the Archives Team and read about the Darwin-Henslow letters.

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The Nagoya Protocol comes a step closer to fruition

by: China Williams, Kew Science blog
14 Mar 2014

China Williams, from Kew’s Conventions and Policy Section, reports on the latest international meeting to discuss a new legally binding regime governing access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits – the Nagoya Protocol.

What's in a collection? The Herbarium at Kew

by: William Milliken, Kew Science blog
07 Mar 2014

William Milliken, Head of Kew's Tropical America team, examines the importance of Kew's collection of over seven million herbarium specimens, and how this resource is being used to tackle the global challenges of our time.

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