Yunnan province covers only 4% of China’s land surface, yet is home to about half of China’s plant species. Kew scientist Jonas Mueller joined a team from the Kunming Institute of Botany to collect key plant species in the southern parts of the province.
Directors' Correspondence digitiser, Kat Harrington looks at letters to Kew's first official Director, Sir William Jackson Hooker, sent from Brazil. The first is from Maria Graham (in later life, Maria, Lady Callcott) who became one of the leading female travel writers of the early 19th century.
A team in Kew's archive has completed the digitisation of a large set of historical letters from the Directors' Correspondence, including a selection of materials which shed light on the early exploration of North America - as digitisation officer Katherine Harrington explains.
On the far-flung islands of the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) many plants have become associated with the Christmas festivities for their seasonal flowers or fruits. Kew’s UKOTs team helps to grow and conserve them.