We'd like to thank the following supporters who have already sponsored these plant species at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank.
A rare and endangered thorny desert plant from Lebanon
A deciduous, climbing shrub, with slender, twining branches and heart-shaped green leaves that are splashed with pink and white.
A defining icon of African bushland.
Found growing in the humid, lowland, evergreen forests in the north of Madagascar, these are usually epiphytes in the form of an inflorescence pendant between 30-75cm.
Madagascan ocotillo is a succulent that grows up to 18 m in height, with a mass of small yellow flowers. Found in the south western dry spiny forest-thicket of Madagascar, which have been reduced by almost 30% since the 1970s.
Found growing on trees and rocks of dry tropical forests of Madagascar, many species of of Angraecum are considered to be at risk from extinction in the wild.
Found growing on quartz outcrops at between 1600–2000m, this is an erect, lithophyte growing up to 35cm tall. It has linear, greyish-brown leaves and large white flowers which appear between January and March.
This stunning orchid is found in humid, evergreen forests on the trunks and branches of trees and on shaded wet rocks.
Sponsored by the family of Beth Maxwell.
“In memory of a lady who loved her native Australian plants and inspired others.”
As well as being attractive plants, they provide food and shelter for pygmy possums and other native animals.
Sponsored at £2,000, with thanks to Ian Ridpath.
A species new to science, which through seed banking activity has its future guaranteed.
The Giant Himalayan lily grows in a woodland clearings at altitudes of between 1,500 and 3,600 metres. The plants grow up to 4 metres tall, with as many as 20 large, sweetly fragrant flowers on the single stem that emerges from each bulb.
Yellow centaury is a slender plant with a few fleshy pinkish-green stems and yellow flowers. This species is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the Vascular Plant Red Data List for Great Britain 2005 because of a significant decline in its area of occupancy.
Known as the stinking hawk's-beard, this rare UK native plant is found in south-east coastal sites.
Although widely distributed in Europe and temperate Asia, the lady's slipper orchid was at the brink of extinction in Britain, with only one known specimen left.
Propagated plants of this endangered Chilean plant species are ready to be reintroduced to the wild. This beautiful species is endemic, known only to be found in Chile.
A UK native plant species threatened by habitat decline.
A species native to eastern and southern Asia, although the plant is similar to that of the true strawberry, it actually comes from a different genus and has yellow flowers unlike the true strawberries.
A South African heather species, this plant was rediscovered a century after it was last collected.
A deciduous flowering shrub or small tree. The wood is very hard and can be cut to a sharp point; it was used in the past for making wool spindles, skewers, pipe stems and artist's charcoal.
A wild meadow species from the UK, the Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris) has fine fern-like leaves and pretty white flowers.
A snowdrop native to Turkey, Russia and Georgia, Galanthus woronowii was named in honour of the Russian botanist and plant collector Georg Woronow (1874–1931).
A once widespread plant species, this beautiful geophyte is on the verge of extinction in the wild. Gladiolus aureus is endemic, known only to be found in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa.
A new species in the pea family, discovered in Namibia.
A multi-purpose species known only to be found in Madagascar.
The most economically important edible wild plant in Lebanon.
The Paralophia is a genus endemic to Madagascar and consist of only two species (the other being P. palmicola). As the name suggests, Paralophia epiphytica is an epiphyte, found on trees, climbing amongst leaf bases on the trunks of palm trees.
A deep blue, almost purple wildflower that is not as it seems: each head, rather than being a single bloom, is actually a collection of smaller ones, huddled together. This is the “County flower of Sussex” and is also known as the Pride of Sussex.
A highly threatened Namibian plant from the mint family, down to only 120 known plants in the wild.
A South African shrub down to just 17 individuals in the wild.
Growing to 12 m (40 ft), the hard, reddish-brown hardwood of the wild cherry is much valued for woodturning, making cabinets, veneers and musical instruments.
The fruits of the Blackthorn are astringent when fresh and are therefore not eaten in the same way as those of many other Prunus species. Sloes are used to make the alcoholic beverage known as sloe gin.
The Pasque flower is one of over 300 UK species that are threatened with extinction from the UK countryside due to ever-increasing threats from intensive agriculture, urbanisation, road building, pollution and climate change.
The low growing Lesser celandine is from the buttercup family. It is also known as ‘spring messenger’ as the plant is often referred to in literature as a sign of spring and is a British native.
This lovely wildflower is widespread but localised in the UK and Ireland, particularly in the southern regions. The spread of this species has declined in recent years due to the loss of its habitat as a result of drainage of land to make way for more intensive agriculture.
This large evergreen shrub is native to Bhutan, China, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Nepal, where it is the national flower.
An evergreen shrub native to Southwest China and Southeast Asia, especially in the Himalayan region. Local people value the rhododendron but it is threatened in the wild by overharvesting, grazing and urban developemnt.
A British native, Rosa arvensis is an important species for wildlife and attracts many pollinators including bees, moths and butterflies. The larvae of the small Quaker moth (Orthosia cruda) feed on its leaves, and birds and small mammals eat the hips.
Rosa roxburghii is a species from China with a beautiful pink flower, magical scent and spiky rose hips. It also has some wonderful medicinal properties, including treatment for skin ailments.
Known as the flycatcher bush, this plant does not consume the insects it traps but rather provides food for the assassin bugs. It has even been known to catch small birds.
Rubia tinctorum is also known as the common madder or dyer's madder. It is famous for its roots which can be over a meter long and are the source of red dyes.
In French it is known as 'Garance' and is also referred to as 'Fleurs de garance' when it is fermented for dyeing. The remains of the root were also used to produce a spirit.
African violets are known around the world as common house plants, but several of the wild species and subspecies are endangered, and many more are threatened due to their native cloud forest habitats being cleared for agriculture. Because of this the conservation status of this species has been classed as 'Near Threatened'.
The pale blue-violet flowers of Salvia verbenaca, a British native, attracts many insects, and are also edible by humans. Known as wild clary or wild sage.
Ragged robin is a herbaceous plant in the family Caryophyllaceae.
The flowers are a striking reddish-pink, occasionally white, and have five narrow petals deeply divided into four lobes giving the flower an untidy, ragged appearance, hence its common name.
The Sobennikoffia is a genus endemic to Madagascar and consists of only three species. S. humbertiana can be found growing in evergreen forests on plateau and dry, deciduous scrubland and is a lithophyte (a plant growing upon stones and rocks). The flowers are white with a green mark in the throat of the spur and have a prominent 3-lobed lip and upcurved spur.
From repelling witches to preventing scurvy, the rowan tree has a long and interesting history and mythology.
A critically endangered plant species with only two surviving wild specimens remaining, on the island of St Helena.
The plant has small, bright orange-yellow flowers with white or yellowish-haired stamens, and is also known as Clasping-leaved mullein, Clasping mullein, and Woolly mullein. Orange mullein has been used by herbalists to treat catarrh and other ailments - claims have even been made that fresh pieces of this species will drive away rodents.
A native to Britain, the Wayfaring tree has excellent wildlife value with bees, butterflies and hoverflies visiting the flowers, and a variety of bird species including blackbirds, fieldfares and waxwings, along with the dormouse, the wood mouse and voles eating the berries.
A central European violet known from only four localities and threatened by urban development.
From Guyana, the flaming sword plant (Vriesea splendens) is an epiphyte, growing on other plants rather than in soil, in tropical rainforests. The stripy leaves grow in a rosette shape and the bright red flower spike bears many small yellow flowers.