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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The monkey puzzle was given its name by an observer who thought that monkeys wouldn’t be able to climb the spiky branches.
Huon pine is a slow-growing Australian tree, some individuals of which are thought to be over 2,200 years old.
Caribbean pine is an important timber tree, one variety of which is under threat from an introduced scale insect.
Highly valued for its edible seeds known as ‘pine nuts’, the stone pine has been cultivated in Europe for almost 2,000 years.
Giant by name and giant by nature, this huge Californian conifer is by volume the largest tree in the world.
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.