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Detail of a type specimen of Dalbergia andapensis
1st March 2017

35,000 new plant species ‘sitting in cupboards’

A new study led by Oxford University and involving Kew has revealed that of the estimated 70,000 species of flowering plants yet to be described by scientists, more than half may already have been collected but are lying unknown and unrecognised in collec

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Dried specimen of Caliphruria tenera
1st March 2017

Nature’s backbone at risk

The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. A recent study by Kew and partners has further revealed that that one fifth of plant species are also at risk - includin

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Unlocking the potential of plant and fungal DNA

Following the announcement of the universal plant DNA barcode late in 2009, scientists at Kew are testing the barcode to see if it can be used to identify plants reliably. If successful, this DNA technology will have wide-ranging applications in discoveri

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - Mimetes hirtus, vulnerable species bagged by Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Partnership in South Africa

Also known as the Marsh pagoda or Vleistompie, this species is difficult to collect.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - conserving grassland paper daisy in Tasmania

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has conserved the endangered Australian grassland paper daisy (Leucochrysum albicans).

Author dc07kg
Photo of iris sofarana
1st March 2017

Plant story - Iris sofarana, an endemic plant species from the higher mountains in Lebanon

The showy flowers of Iris sofarana make it vulnerable to unlicensed collecting, for personal and commercial use.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - protecting the future of Erica verticillata

Erica verticillata was last seen in the wild in 1908 and was, until 1984, thought to be extinct. It has since been found and re-established thanks to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - a rare tree from Kenya, Aloe ballyi, has been saved by Millennium Seed Bank partners

The seeds of a rare Aloe tree were collected in the Taita Hills of Kenya during a collaborative collecting mission involving the National Genebank of Kenya and the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - conserving Protea odorata, an endangered plant species

Efforts to find and conserve populations of Protea odorata date back to the early 1980's when four sites were identified.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - Gladiolus aureus is on the verge of extinction

A once wide spread plant species, this geophyte, known only to be found in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa is on the verge of extinction in the wild.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - finding snow protea

Find out how snow protea (Protea cryophila) was lost and found thanks to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - helping to conserve Origanum syriacum

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has conserved the endangered Origanum syriacum, the most economic and edible wild plant in Lebanon.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - last wild population of Cylindrophyllum hallii saved from extinction

A wild population of a long-lost species was discovered during a routine seed collecting trip in South Africa. This plant species had not been documented or collected since 1960.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - conserving willowmore cedar

Find out how the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership saved willowmore cedar (Widdringtonia schwarzii), an ancient giant plant which occurs in the Baviaanskloof and Kouga Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - a newly discovered species of Dioscorea has been collected and saved

This Dioscorea (yam) species is scarce because it has been over-collected  for medicinal use. A newly discovered species of Dioscorea has now been collected and saved by the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - Devils claw found and collected from Botswana

Millennium Seed Bank Partnership fieldwork in the Okavango Delta in December 2005 located five IUCN Red List Index plant species, one of these being the very useful "Devils claw" (Harpagophytum zeyheri).
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - saving Hoodia currorii an important slimming plant

Hoodia currorii contains compounds used in slimming pills and is now under threat due to over-collecting.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - saving Oldfieldia dactylophylla, a rare and highly endangered tree species from Malawi

The excitement could not be concealed when the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership collection team came across three Oldfieldia dactylophylla trees loaded with fruits.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Species included giant rainforest trees, rare and beautiful orchids, spectacular palms, tiny fungi, wild coffees and an ancient aquatic plant.
1st March 2017

A bumper year for Kew in new species discovery

Canopy giants and miniature fungi are among over 250 new species discovered in Kew’s 250th anniversary year

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Knee-high eucalyptus discovered in SW Australia

Kew's Director has recently described two new species in his native Australia
Author Anonymous (not verified)

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