While orchids are known as some of the most beautiful flowers in the world, scientists have discovered a new species of orchid that does not live up to its family’s reputation. In fact, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (RGB Kew) are calling it the “ugliest in the … [Read more...] about 2020: Scientists discover world’s ugliest orchid and other plant species
Scientists have explored and studied much of our terrestrial world, but there is one place that remains quite the hidden gem: New Guinea. The “paradise island” has some of the best-preserved ecosystems on the planet, including coastal mangroves, huge expanses of untouched … [Read more...] about It’s official: New Guinea has the highest plant diversity of any island
The words “rebel” and “botanist” aren’t typically found in the same sentence, but recently these words have joined together to describe a new wave of people who are using street graffiti to highlight the names and importance of the diverse but downtrodden flora growing in the … [Read more...] about How rebel botanists are using graffiti to name forgotten flora
At the end of each year, the Royal Botanic Gardens of the UK celebrates the diversity of plants and fungi by choosing its top 10 newly discovered species of the year. This year, the top 10 included everything from bamboo-dwelling medicinal fungi and a ‘miracle berry’ to a … [Read more...] about Hello botanists, have you seen the incredible plants discovered in 2019?