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Montserrat Charianthus Charianthus purpureus

From the UK Overseas Territory of Montserrat, an island in the Caribbean,the Charianthus purpureus (Montserrat Charianthus) is a small tree approxiamtely 4 m high, with dark red flowers and dark red ripening to black fruits.

The Caribbean region has been identified as one of 34 global biodiversity hotspots due to its plant-species richness as well as high levels of endemism (plants unique to the area). A recent inventory of plant species on Montserrat, carried out by Kew's UKOTs team, listed as many as 800 native species, including many species of limited global distribution and several which are globally threatened. Its botanical riches are paralleled in the diversity of its fauna.

You can adopt this entire species for £2,000. Your donation will used to maintain the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, ensure this species is kept safe forever in the vaults, and to collect more species in the future.

In addition to receiving your adoption pack featuring your certificate and photograph of the species (this will be posted to you, or the recipient), you will also be invited to a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst. You'll meet the staff and see the vaults where your species is stored.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Jill Taylor on 020 8332 3248 or j.taylor@kew.org

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