The first Wisteria sinensis in Europe

John Reeves, East India Company inspector of tea in Canton from 1812-1831, was comissioned by Joseph Banks to acquire plants for the Horticultural Society of London.  During this time he obtained at least two clonally propagated plants from an old plant of Wisteria sinensis that was growing in the garden of his colleague, the Chinese merchant Conseequa in Canton, who in turn had obtained it from his nephew Tinqua. Continue reading

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MSc Plant Diversity visit to RHS Wisley 2015

A visit to the temperate zone of the RHS Wisley Garden glasshouse by some of the MSc Plant Diversity students

A visit to the temperate zone of the RHS Wisley Garden glasshouse by some of the MSc Plant Diversity students

The RHS garden at Wisley has one of the best curated plant collections in the UK so provided the ideal venue for today’s MSc plant family revision. After a tour of the herbarium and meeting some of the RHS botany staff we walked up to the glasshouse to work through some of the major plant families growing there.

Among familiar families such as Lamiaceae, Acanthaceae and Arecaceae we also picked up some more unusual ones such as Cyclanthaceae and Restionaceae.

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