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Paradise island teeming with life
New data reveals New Guinea has the highest plant diversity of any island in the world. Research by botanists from Edinburgh, Kew and the Natural History Museum, in the UK, and the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Universitas Papua, Papua…
Ginkgo planting seals Scotland Japan conservation partnerships
A tour of the stunning conservation Japanese Valley at Benmore Botanic Garden near Dunoon, in Argyll, will be one of the highlights during an official visit and ceremonial planting by Mr Nozomu Takaoka, Consul General of Japan, Head of Mission at…
The environmentalist and the diplomat: an Edwardian legacy
Against all received knowledge that the heroes and villains of Edwardian plant-hunting are already fully documented, new research shines a much-needed light on a plantsman and social activist from England’s Lake District who achieved prominence as…
B2K, a milestone in international biodiversity accounting
Fieldwork and old-fashioned sleuthing are combining to unravel mysteries of the plant world. Now, B2K has been conquered: not a mountain, but a milestone in the study of biodiversity for partner scientists in Asia, the Americas and Edinburgh.…
Twenty-five-year-old mystery solved as Salvia is named after late female botanist
A new species of plant has been named after the late botanist Rose Clement, more than 25 years after her research indicated that it was probably unknown to science. While researching the genus Salvia in the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden…
New photography exhibition reveals hidden beauty of seeds and fruits
In a new exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), internationally acclaimed photographer Levon Biss explores the astonishing ingenuity and diversity of nature through intensely magnified images of seeds and fruits. Working closely…
UK’s largest plant fossil is on the move
The 10-ton fossilised remains of Pitys withamii, the oldest tree in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, (RBGE) will soon be on the move as part of the Garden’s ambitious Edinburgh Biomes project. Measuring 10.5 metres in length, and an…
Preparation of Specimens
Each new plant specimen we add to the Herbarium collection is carefully prepared so that it will remain in good condition for use by future researchers. Different herbaria use different methods for mounting plant specimens. The sections below…
History of Collectors in the Herbarium
There are over 14,000 collectors represented in the herbarium at RBGE. Some of these collectors have made a significant impact on the collections, either by the number of specimens or by the number of new species they collected. These collectors…
The cultivated herbarium helps facilitate ‘a gold standard’ reference collection within RBGE. Not only do these cultivated specimens act as an identification reference to the living collection i.e. where plant material has been requested for…
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