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Curse of the bamboo flower

A letter in the Directors' Correspondence archive describes how the deadly prediction of an old Chinese proverb about bamboo flowering came true.

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Eco-fibres old and new

Sustainable fibres are ever more popular with consumers and designers. The Textile Society's recent conference compared historic and contemporary approaches to the subject.

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Meet the mint family

Learn about some of the scientific research Kew botanists are focusing on in the Lamiaceae family, and visit Kew Gardens this month to hear more about it from our volunteer guides.

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The 'tanghin ordeal'

Read about the toxic plant used in poison ordeals in Madagascar as described by the botanist Charles Telfair in 1829.

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