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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Shrubby mullein is found only among the ruins of the ancient city of Termessus in Antalya, southern Turkey.
Linden viburnum is a large shrub with neat, round leaves and flat heads of small white flowers followed by red, or sometimes yellow, fleshy berries.
Wood bitter-vetch is an erect herb related to the world-renowned broad bean (Vicia faba), a member of the pea and bean family (Leguminosae).
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Queen of the water lilies, this Amazonian giant has a remarkable life cycle.
Santa Cruz waterlily has strikingly beautiful lily pads up to two metres wide, with prickly undersides and wide, upturned rims.
A popular bedding plant with a light fragrance, horned pansy is native to the Pyrenees.
One of the most well-known evergreens, the mistletoe has inspired fascination throughout history, and is held in esteem for its medicinal and perceived magical properties.
Simpleleaf chastetree is very common from East Africa to Tahiti in the Pacific, where it is grown as an ornamental and for medicinal use.
Weldenia candida grows naturally on volcanic slopes and craters, and was first introduced to cultivation in 1893.
A ragged-leaved inhabitant of African desert, some tree tumbos are believed to be over 1,000 years old.
The Wollemi pine was known only from fossils until 1994 when it was found growing in a rainforest gorge in Australia.
Yellowhorn is a very attractive bush, or small tree, bearing sprays of elegant white flowers on bare branches in May or June.
A prominent species of the coastal plains and adjacent forests of south-west Western Australia, the tall, thin flowering spikes of Xanthorrhoea preissii emerge from a crown of grass-like leaves on a sturdy trunk, giving it an unusual profile.
The striking arum lily has been known to European horticulture since at least the 1660s and is one of the world's most iconic and widely known plants.
A slow-growing tree native to southeast Europe and southwest Asia, Caucasian elm is cultivated for its unusual goblet-shaped outline and attractive autumn leaves.
Curved-stem ginger is a perennial herb native to western India.