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Specimen of Cladrastis kentukea

12 new flavonoids discovered in Kew tree

In the 2011 International Year of Forests, scientists report the discovery of 12 compounds new to science in a tree growing at Kew Gardens.


The winter flowering Cyclamen coum

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
09 Jan 2012

It is said that you can have a cyclamen in flower every month of the year and January belongs to the diminutive Cyclamen coum.

Understanding colour for photographers

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
09 Jan 2012

Philip Smith shows you how your garden and plant photography can benefit from a richer understanding of  colour.

Free events in Kew's Archives this January

by: Kiri Ross Jones, Library, Art and Archives blog
06 Jan 2012

Join Kew's archivists to hear botanists’ and plant hunters’ stories about their travels and cultural encounters and go behind-the-scenes in the Archives.

Epiphytes on trees

Trees influence epiphyte and invertebrate communities

Scientists have found that genetically similar tropical trees host similar species assemblages of epiphytes and invertebrates.


Introducing the GIS Unit

by: Justin Moat, GIS team blog
03 Jan 2012

Find out more about the GIS Unit at Kew from Justin Moat.

Fascinating collection of Ray Cowell's illustrations comes to Kew

by: Lynn Parker, Library, Art and Archives blog
20 Dec 2011

Read about a new acquisition of illustrations by artist Ray Cowell, who painted fungi in astonishing detail -  even including the teeth marks of hungry rodents!

Nicholas Hind stacking boxes in herbarium

Linear sequences for seed plants

Scientists have been working out the best way to arrange plant specimens in herbaria and other collections so that their order best reflects evolutionary relationships.


The holly and the ivy

by: Tony Hall, Arboretum team blog
20 Dec 2011

Tony Hall tells tales of holly folklore and describes the amazing variety of colour to be seen along Kew's historic Holly Walk.

Kew magazine wins Garden Media Guild Award

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
15 Dec 2011

Kew magazine's editor, Christina Harrison, recently attended this year's GMG Awards where her magazine scooped a prestigious award together with finalist results in other categories.

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Arum pictum

Arum pictum

Arum pictum is a low-growing, autumn-flowering arum with beautiful, shiny leaves and a purple spathe.

Find out more about this species