A bold, architectural plant, the bird-of-paradise flower has been grown at Kew since 1773.
A rare, African spiny aubergine, Solanum ruvu has been collected only once and is now likely to be extinct in the wild.
Solanum phoxocarpum is a spiny African tree with bright yellow pointed fruits that may have medicinal properties.
In 2006 Kew botanists discovered several populations of pribby using data from specimens rescued from Montserrat’s volcano-damaged herbarium.
When this brightly-coloured, forest floor herb was found by a Kew-led team on Namuli Mountain, it was the first time Brachystephanus africanus had been recorded from Mozambique.
This rare rainforest giant was recently discovered in Cameroon.
Berlinia razzifera is a rare rainforest tree from river banks in the Loango National Park of Gabon.
Bulbophyllum nocturnum was recently discovered on the island of New Britain (part of Papua New Guinea) and is the first known orchid with flowers that consistently open at night and close during the day.
Bird's-eye primrose smut, regarded as an extinct British fungus until its rediscovery in 2010, lives concealed inside its pink-flowered host, only attracting attention when it replaces the plant's seeds with masses...
A beautiful new species of palm discovered by Kew botanists in Madagascar's newest protected area.