The Wollemi pine was known only from fossils until 1994 when it was found growing in a rainforest gorge in Australia.
Australian tree fern is a handsome plant native to south-eastern Australia, where it grows in fertile, high-rainfall areas and moist, sheltered gullies.
The Eastern Cape giant cycad originates from South Africa, is long-lived and slow growing, and is popular as an ornamental plant.
This giant Kenyan cycad is a living fossil of the plant world - Encephalartos tegulaneus is an impressive member of an ancient group, but also rare and only found on remote hills.
Part of an ancient group of plants related to the ferns, this species eluded discovery until 2007, hence its Latin name eludens.
A ragged-leaved inhabitant of African desert, some tree tumbos are believed to be over 1,000 years old.
Huon pine is a slow-growing Australian tree, some individuals of which are thought to be over 2,200 years old.
Wood's cycad is an extremely rare plant. Along with its striking appearance, this makes it one of the most sought-after cycad species in the world.
Ginkgo biloba, or maidenhair tree, has been described as a ‘living fossil’ because it is the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees older than the dinosaurs.
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.