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Kew's international work helps to discover and describe the world’s plant and fungal diversity, conserve plants and habitats, promote the sustainable use of plants, and inspire an appreciation of plants and the environment.

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Ramosmania rodriguesii

Can't find the species you're looking for? Search Kew's databases and publications.

Kew on expedition

Michiel van Slageren, from the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, describes the challenges faced and discoveries made when he and his team were collecting in the Namibian desert.

Discovery of world's first night-flowering orchid

Bulbophyllum nocturnum flower

Botanists from the Kew and the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis have described the first night-flowering orchid known to science on the island of New Britain, near Papua New Guinea.

Bulbophyllum nocturnum is the first known example of an orchid species with flowers that consistently open after dark and close in the morning. Its flowers last one night only.

Find out more about this amazing orchid.

One of a kind?

Gecko pollinating Roussea simplex flower

Experts at Kew are using innovative techniques to cultivate Roussea simplex in an attempt to help conserve this fascinating species.

This ‘botanical oddity’ has puzzled many a botanist. It is the only species in the genus Roussea and there are no clues as to which other plant families it is related to.

There is also only one known pollinator of Roussea simplex: the rare, endemic Mauritian blue-tailed day gecko (Phelsuma cepediana).

Find out more about this critically endangered species.

Plants & Fungi - news

Hydrocybe conica fungi in grassland

Conserving British waxcap fungi

A Defra-funded project at Kew is working to find out how many waxcap species there are in Britain, and to improve methods for their identification. The results of this work should help conservationists to prioritise those species and sites which are most in need of further protection.

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Trees and coastline of Biak Island south coast

GIS surveys in New Guinea

13 Dec 2011
Kew botanists have helped to survey the vegetation of Biak Island, off the north coast of New Guinea.

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World's first night-flowering orchid is discovered

22 Nov 2011
Botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis have described the first night-flowering orchid known to science on the island of New Britain, near Papua New Guinea.

3 comments


Conserving British waxcap fungi

18 Nov 2011
A Defra-funded project at Kew is working to find out how many waxcap species there are in Britain, and to improve methods for their identification. The results of this work should help conservationists to prioritise those species and sites which are most in need of further protection.

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