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22 Aug 2013
Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus) is one of the 29 key crops that are the focus of the Millennium Seed Bank and the Global Crop Diversity Trust's Crop Wild Relatives project. Sarah Cody discusses the light and dark side of this intriguing and important crop.
26 Jul 2013
This month the Millennium Seed Bank's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, introduces us to the freaky blue fruits of Decaisnea insignis. The taste is sweet and refreshing but this fruit is eerily known as ‘dead man’s finger’.
25 Jan 2013
He may be a Seed Morphologist but Wolfgang Stuppy of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank discovers there is more to the snake gourd than just some strange fruit and eccentric seeds.
11 Dec 2012
The Millennium Seed Bank's seed morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, is back with his final blog of the year. To wish you all a very 'Merry Christmas', he is sharing some festive images of a flesh-eating killer raspberry! Do you dare read on ...
A parasite growing on the roots of a range of woody plants, toothwort owes its common name to its flowering and fruiting stems, which have been said to resemble a row of teeth.
29 Mar 2011
The purple flowers of the parasitic Lathraea clandestina, known as purple toothwort, mysteriously sprout from the ground in the Woodland Garden.
Revered as a divine symbol for more than 5,000 years, the sacred lotus is a truly iconic plant.
The wood of Acacia nilotica was used by ancient Egyptians to make statues and furniture.