Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh delivers world-leading plant science, conservation and education programmes. Our mission is to ‘Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of Plants for a Better Future’.

All life is dependent on plants and fungi. Recent estimates indicate that 20 per cent of all flowering plant species have yet to be discovered and described. The kingdom of fungi remains largely unexplored.

Our focus is on accelerating species discovery and proving a knowledge resource, identifying species at imminent risk of extinction, those of particular importance to humankind and diversity in poorly known and threatened areas of the world. On average each month we describe three plant species new to science.

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