Conservation in Action (3)

Explore Kew Gardens - Virtual Tour



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In the Temperate House, Encephalartos woodii, one of the older cycads, is more than 100 years old, and is very rare. Unfortunately all known specimens left in the world are male. However Kew has actively propagated this palm and given two to the Botanic Gardens in Durban, South Africa. The beautiful Metrosideros polymorpha, found in the Hawaiian Islands, is now threatened by tourist developments and is cultivated here as a resource for public education about conservation issues.


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The Temperate House also contains many other beautiful and spectacular plants such as the Freycinetia baueriana from Norfolk Island, named after the famous 18th century botanical artist, Francis Bauer, who was closely associated with Kew.


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Some marvellous and unusual views may be obtained by climbing to the galleries of the Temperate House and observing plants from above, particularly rewarding with this Dicksonia antarctica.The Temperate House also contains many other beautiful and spectacular plants such as the Freycinetia baueriana from Norfolk Island, named after the famous 18th century botanical artist, Francis Bauer, who was closely associated with Kew.