Plants & Fungi A - Z
Explore our profiles of plants and fungi.
These illustrated profiles contain a wealth of facts, including details on conservation, uses and habitats – as well as Kew’s connections with the species. They have been chosen to inspire interest in plants, detail our science and conservation work and showcase star plants in the Gardens.
This is a constantly growing resource with new profiles added every week - so do be sure to check back regularly.
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Large enough to be visible in satellite imagery, dimaka is an enormous ‘self-destructive’ palm that remained undetected by science until 2007.
Talbotiella velutina is a rare rainforest tree, which is only found in two localities.
From the sausage-shaped fruits of the tamarind tree comes the sticky acidic pulp that has been used as a food ingredient for thousands of years.
Commonly known as the dandelion, Taraxacum officinale has many culinary and medicinal uses, despite being generally regarded as a weed.
An aromatic shrub from Africa and Saudi Arabia, camphor bush is used in traditional medicine and also valued for its wood.
Bald cypress is an iconic tree that epitomizes the southeastern USA for residents and visitors alike.
A densely branching evergreen that can live for centuries, the common yew is often found in British churchyards.
Chilean blue crocus has brilliant blue flowers, and was thought for many years to be extinct in the wild.
Teak is well known for its high quality timber, and has also been used for traditional medicine in southeast Asia.
A Near Threatened shrub belonging to the pea and bean family, Tephrosia chimanimaniana is restricted to the Chimanimani Mountains in eastern Zimbabwe.
More: Legume family
Tetraberlinia bifoliolata is a tropical African tree with yellow flowers and explosive seed pods.
Chinese meadow rue is a tall perennial with highly divided leaves and numerous, small, pinkish-purple flowers.
The cocoa tree is the source of one of the world’s most delicious and familiar products… chocolate.
A vigorous climber from India, Burma and Malaysia, laurel clock vine is a popular ornamental in the tropics.
The clock vine can reach up to 10 metres in length with hanging stems of stunning yellow and reddish-brown flowers.
Mitnan is a yellow-flowered desert shrub, the leaves of which are used in traditional medicine and the branches and bark are woven to make strong rope.
A giant among European trees, large-leaved lime can grow up to 35 m tall.
Spanish moss is a superb 'air plant' which grows in silverish festoons up to 30 m long, hanging from tree limbs, cliffs and even telephone wires.
Trichodiadema densum is a low-growing succulent that is extremely reluctant to flower, but when it does, it has numerous bright pink daisy-like flowers in autumn.
Red clover is grown widely across the world as a forage crop for livestock and poultry and has also been used in folk medicine.
Snow trillium is one of the earliest alpine plants to bloom in spring and often flowers as the snow melts around it.
Bread wheat is more widely cultivated than any other crop, and world trade is of greater monetary value than all other cereals combined.
From the two surviving wild St Helena ebony plants, Kew’s horticulturists and conservationists have taken part in propagation programmes with colleagues in St Helena to produce thousands of new plants from cuttings and seeds.
More: Saving species
Three-coloured Indian cress is a delicate, colourful climber with thread-like stems and small, bright red, purple and yellow, long-spurred flowers.