19 April 2022

Watch: The Economic Botany Collection – Cinchona

Dive into Kew’s collection of plant-based medicines to find a treatment for malaria that’s also the key flavour in tonic water…

By Grace Brewer

Bits of light brown bark from Cinchona laid out

In amongst the Economic Botany Collection at Kew, there are around 25,000 specimens of plant-based medicines. 

One of these is particularly unique: quinine.  

A treatment for malaria and key flavour in tonic water, quinine comes from the bark of the cinchona tree.  

Discover this unusual artefact preserved in our collections. 

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