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St Helena boxwood Mellissia begoniifolia

Mellissia begoniifolia, the St Helena boxwood, endemic to the Atlantic island of St Helena, was thought extinct until two specimens were found in the wild, clinging to a steep rock face on the island. Cuttings from these came to Kew for propagation and several thousand plants have since been reintroduced.

The future of the St Helena boxwood species is safe when you adopt it as a special gift for safe-keeping in the Millennium Seed Bank.

The UK’s Overseas Territories (UKOTs) encompass some of the most remote and biologically interesting places in the world. 

Many of the UKOTs are isolated islands, scattered around the globe from the Mediterranean southwards to Antarctica, and from the Caribbean in the west to the Indian Ocean and Pacific in the east. 

Kew’s UK Overseas Territories programme draws on Kew’s botanical and horticultural expertise; its active botanical research programmes; its policy experience, its plant and library collections, and the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.
Kew’s botanists and conservationists work with partners in the Territories and internationally to safeguard their remarkable biological diversity.

You can adopt this entire species as a gift for £2,000. Your donation will be 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

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