Latest science blog posts from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Mar 022015
RBGE Complex Thalloid Liverwort Symposium, July 14th-15th 2015

The complex thalloid liverworts, or Marchantiophyta, are one of the oldest land plant lineages, and contain a bewildering array of morphologies, ranging from comparatively simple plants like Blasia, Monoclea and Cyathodium to plants with highly modified sexual branches (‘female’ archegoniophores and ‘male’ antheridiophores) like Marchantia and Asterella. They grow predominantly in Mediterranean-type climates, although Marchantia […]

Feb 112015
From the herbarium, with love...

Whilst digitising the British algae, we have been finding some interesting and beautiful seaweeds. This Dilsea carnosa, collected in Shetland, is particularly appropriate with Valentines day this weekend…     The full database entry for this specimen is available here:

Feb 102015
Edinburgh Living Landscape - RBGE partnership

A fantastic new project is taking place within Edinburgh City – the Edinburgh Living Landscape   The Edinburgh Living Landscape (ELL) is a groundbreaking initiative which brings together the collective expertise of the City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust, GREENSURGE and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).  Through working in […]

Jan 302015
Flora of Nepal BRD data online

It has now been over  4 months since we returned to Edinburgh after the successful botancial exploration of Baglung, Rukum and Dolpa districts for the Flora of Nepal Project. As well as our normal day-to-day tasks we’ve been busily writing fieldwork reports to funding bodies, working to identify our collections as well as databasing information […]

Jan 232015
The Tjipetir mystery and plant taxonomy

Peter Wilkie, intrepid Sapotaceae botanist, has been blowing the trumpet for plant taxonomy in an article entitled What’s in a name? A mass of analysis in The Scotsman news paper. The article compares the Tjipetir Mystery, in which rubber blocks stamped with the word “Tjipetir” have been washing ashore on the Atlantic coast with the […]

Dec 102014
Two long-lost Scottish mosses re-discovered

Bryologists at RBGE are actively engaged in recording bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) in Scotland, and 2014 turned out to be an eventful year, when we made two exciting and unexpected discoveries in the Perthshire Highlands and Scottish Borders. Both of these were made on field meetings run by the British Bryological Society (BBS), the […]

Nov 272014
Special trees in Bhutan 2014

The International Dendrology Society is an organisation for tree enthusiasts from around the world, most of whom grow trees in their gardens and arboreta, and many join the tours which are regularly run to many parts of the world, where trees feature strongly in the native flora, particularly those hardy in western gardens. IDS had […]

Nov 272014
Leucoagaricus croceovelutinus- a new fungi record for the Botanics

Leucoagaricus croceovelutinus, also known as the Blushing Dapperling, is rare saprobic fungus found on decaying leaf litter, often with conifers . This particular collection was made under mature Chamaecyparis lawsoniana trees within the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. This is a first Scottish record for the fungus- which is also rare elsewhere in Britain. Leucoagaricus mushrooms […]

Oct 282014
Online Resources for Taxonomic Research

Names and Nomenclature When tracking down published scientific names, and their places of publication, IPNI, The Plant List and Tropicos are the three primary websites. The other listed sites are useful for interpreting abbreviations and following up on nomenclatural matters. International Plant Names Index (IPNI), includes Index Kewensis, the Gray Card Index (Harvard University), and […]