1 Tahrcountry Musings: Kew's Botanical Discoveries of 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kew's Botanical Discoveries of 2010

Here comes another post in between my break.

A new species of tropical mistletoe (Helixanthera schizocalyx) discovered on an expedition to Mount Mabu in northern Mozambique tops the list of Kew's botanical discoveries of 2010. The list includes a Vietnamese orchid and an exceptionally rare tree from Cameroon.
Paris japonica, a subalpine plant endemic to Honshu, Japan was found to have the largest genome of any living species studied so far. The genome is 50 times the size of the human genome. Kew site describes it as towering like Big Ben
Others in the list include.
Lustrous Vietnamese orchid (Dendrobium daklakense) discovered in the Dak Lak province of southern Vietnam
Cameroon canopy giant (Magnistipula multinervia) doscovered in the Korup National Park of Cameroon.
14 new species of Madagascan palms
Medicinal aubergine (Solanum phoxocarpum) discovered on an expedition to Kenya's Aberdare mountainous cloud forests.
Wild Irises from the Andes.
Ascension Island parsley fern

The rediscovery of extinct British fungi (Urocystis primulicola).


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