Ten new plants discovered this year

Helen Briggs

BBC News

A rainforest tree from Guinea
Martin Cheek

Plant collectors have searched for the hidden wonders of the plant world for centuries.

Yet plants that are new to science are still being described, at a rate of about 2,000 a year.

Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered and named more than 100 new plants in 2018.

Their list of the top new plants includes carnivorous pitcher plants, exotic orchids and climbers with untapped medicinal powers.

Botanical artist brings rare plants back to life
Artist Lucy Smith draws plants so that they can be recorded for science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.