Meet the world's oldest pot plant in the Palm House
The huge Jurassic cycad, Encephalartos altensteinii, was one of the first living collections to arrive at Kew Gardens. It was collected by Kew's first plant hunter, Francis Masson, in the 1770s and kick-started a legacy which makes the Gardens what they are today - a living collection of over 30,000 plant species.
Find out more
- Encephalartos altensteinii (Eastern Cape giant cycad) - species profile
- Encephalartos woodii (Wood's cycad) - species profile
- Find out more about cycads
- Kew's Palm House
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