28 July 2020

Quiz: Plants around the world

From national flowers to native plants, test your knowledge of plants from around the globe.

By Katie Avis-Riordan

Tulip field with colourful flowers

How well do you know your national flowers and native plants from countries across the world? 

Answer these 15 questions to find out. Scroll down to see the answers and good luck!

1. What is the native country of the mountain gum tree (Eucalyptus dalrympleana)?

A. Japan

B. Australia

C. Canada

D. Ethiopia

Mountain gum tree (Eucalyptus dalrympleana) at Kew
Mountain gum tree (Eucalyptus dalrympleana) © RBG Kew
Mountain gum tree (Eucalyptus dalrympleana) at Kew
Mountain gum tree (Eucalyptus dalrympleana) © RBG Kew

2. Which of the following trees is native to the Mediterranean?

A. White oak (Quercus alba)

B. Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao)

C. Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

D. Olive tree (Olea europaea)

Mediterranean Garden
Mediterranean Garden, Ellen McHale © RBG Kew

3. The daffodil is the national flower of which country?

A. Spain

B. Wales

C. Argentina

D. Norway

Two yellow daffodils
Daffodils, Zoe Stewart © RBG Kew

4. Which continent is home to the Santa Cruz waterlily (Victoria cruziana)?

A. South America

B. Antarctica

C. Europe

D. Africa

Santa cruz waterlilies in the Waterlily House
Waterlily House ©RBG Kew

5. Where are tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) native?

A. Peru

B. Thailand

C. China

D. Sudan

Tomato 'Shirley' in the Kitchen Garden
Tomato 'Shirley' Kitchen Garden, Zoe Stewart © RBG Kew

6. Which state in the United States is well known for its giant redwoods (Sequoiadendron giganteum)?

A. Texas

B. Indiana

C. California

D. Florida

Trunk of a redwood at Kew
Trunk of a redwood at Kew, Ellen McHale © RBG Kew

7. Where does the English oak (Quercus robur) not grow in the wild?

A. France

B. Sweden

C. Italy

D. Nepal

Looking up the trunk of an English oak (Quercus robur)
English oak (Quercus robur), Andrew McRobb © RBG Kew

8. Which of these plants is not native to Britain?

A. Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

B. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

C. Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)

D. Deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna)

A trail through the Natural Area
The Woodland Walk offers a raised trail through the Natural Area

9. What is the national plant symbol of Canada?

A. Maple leaf

B. Rose petal

C. Clover leaf

D. Oak leaf

Canadian landscape of mountains and lake
Canada © Johny Goerend/Unsplash

10. Which country is associated with cherry blossom?

A. Kenya

B. Switzerland

C. Russia

D. Japan

Cherry blossom on branches in spring
Cherry blossom, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

11. The Christmas orchid (Cattleya trianae) is endemic to which country?

A. Colombia

B. India

C. Afghanistan

D. England

The  Christmas orchid (Cattleya trianae) at Kew Gardens
Christmas orchid (Cattleya trianae) at Kew Gardens, RBG Kew

12. The ‘corpse flower’, Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), is native to where?

A. Madagascar

B. Alaska

C. Sumatra

D. Chile

Titan arum in bloom at Kew
Titan arum in bloom © RBG Kew

13. Which country is famous for its tulip fields?

A. Scotland

B. Germany

C. Finland

D. Netherlands

Tulip field with colourful flowers
Tulip field © Alessandro Segala/Unsplash

14. What is the floral emblem of England?

A. Cyclamen

B. Rose

C. Poppy

D. Lily

Loder Valley, Wakehurst
Loder Valley © RBG Kew

15. Our Mediterranean Garden at Kew is home to which plant from this region?

A. Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

B. Pin oak (Quercus palustris)

C. Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus)

D. Common sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

King William's Temple in the Mediterranean Garden
Mediterranean Garden © RBG Kew

Answers

1. What is the native country of the mountain gum tree (Eucalyptus dalrympleana)?

B. Australia

Learn more about eucalyptus trees

2. Which of the following trees is native to the Mediterranean?

D. Olive tree (Olea europaea)

Explore our Mediterranean Garden

3. The daffodil is the national flower of which country?

B. Wales

Discover more national flowers growing at Kew

4. Which continent is home to the Santa Cruz waterlily (Victoria cruziana)?

A. South America

Go behind the scenes to explore our Waterlily House during lockdown

5. Where are tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) native?

A. Peru

Find out more about the tasty tomatoes growing in our Kitchen Garden

6. Which state in the United States is well known for its giant redwoods (Sequoiadendron giganteum)?

C. California

Watch: Visit California at Kew 

7. Where does the English oak (Quercus robur) not grow in the wild?

D. Nepal

Take a virtual gallery tour of our Legacy of Ancient Oaks exhibition

8. Which of these plants is not native to Britain?

C. Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)

Discover more plants of Asia growing in our Gardens

9. What is the national plant symbol of Canada?

A. Maple leaf

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10. Which country is associated with cherry blossom?

D. Japan

Explore our beautiful Japanese Landscape

11. The Christmas orchid (Cattleya trianae) is endemic to which country?

A. Colombia

Learn about Colombia's most interesting orchids

12. The ‘corpse flower’, Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), is native to where?

C. Sumatra

Find out more about the smelliest plant on Earth

13. Which country is famous for its tulip fields?

D. Netherlands

See some of our stunning spring tulips

14. What is the floral emblem of England?

B. Rose

Visit our fragrant Rose Garden

15. Our Mediterranean Garden at Kew is home to which plant from this region?

C. Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus)

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Your score

Add up your score out of 15 to see if you're an expert or amateur...

11 or above: You're a botanic brainbox!

6 to 10: You're a natural on natives

1 to 5: Nice try but there's room for growth

0: It's time to fertilise your knowledge

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