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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This newly discovered member of the coffee family was found in the threatened Atlantic Forest of southern Bahia, Brazil.
The giant beans of Coffea ambongensis are more than twice the size of those used in commercial coffee production.
Coffee is one of the world’s favourite drinks, one of the most important commercial crop-plants, and the second most valuable international commodity; Arabica coffee is considered to produce the finest coffee beans.
Coffea pterocarpa is a newly identified coffee species with distinctive winged berries.
Cleavers is a botanical hitchhiker with a medicinal past, present and future.
The large, showy, creamy-white flowers of the white gardenia have an overpowering scent, which is particularly noticeable at night and typical of moth-pollinated plants.
This remarkable new species was discovered in the highly endangered Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil.
Café marron is endemic to the island of Rodrigues, Mascarene Islands, where it is presently known from just a single wild individual.