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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Botanics Stories

We’d like to say a big thank you to the thirty two thousand people who visited Botanics Stories in 2017 and invite you all back next year to…

Edinburgh tree data meeting @RBGE – Now 2 Feb (cancelling the 26th Jan) still 13:00 to 15:00

Dear Edinburgh tree data person, I have sent you to this blog page because you have been involved in some correspondence on Twitter about http://contours.org.uk/edtreemap/ You may remember…

The Wee World of Lichens – Garden Trail

Welcome to the world of the small! Let us take you on a tour of the lichens you can find here at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Pick…

The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 1 Rock Garden & Bridges

‘Life on rock’ Lichens are a rich part of our natural heritage – they thrive in the clean air and varied habitat of Scotland. In the UK we…

The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 2 Poplar Tree

‘Colouring the landscape’ Ever noticed bright orange covered twigs and tree trunks in the landscape – especially as you pass farms or on busy road verges?  Or bright…

The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 3 Azalea Lawn

‘Health indicators’ The Azalea lawn is a thing to behold in summer – bright swashes of bold colour and wonderful fragrant smells.  But delving between the blooms you…

The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 4 Glasshouse Pavement

‘Extreme Survivors’ Lichens evolved at least 400 million years ago, they occur on every continent and are extremely diverse (there are thought to be approx. 30,000 species of…

The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 5 Alpine Garden

‘Cycles of life’ Much of the rock in the alpine garden is alkaline-rich limestone.  This supports a different community of lichens to those found in the rock garden…

The Wee World of Lichens Trail: 6 Demonstration Garden

‘Balance of nature’ Lichens are an incredibly important part of local biodiversity and are a key part of the UK’s contribution to global biodiversity. ‘Biodiversity’ is the biological…

Lichen Research at RBGE

The Team The RBGE lichen team carry out research in species discovery, led by Rebecca Yahr, and in environmental change and habitat conservation led by Chris Ellis. Drawing…

Buses from the East Gate

Lothian Buses provide frequent services (Numbers 8, 23 & 27) from two stops on Inverleith Row by the East Gate. Click here for live city bound bus information…

The Botanic Cottage

The Botanic Cottage is simultaneously the newest and oldest building in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It is an inspirational hub for community and education activities. The Botanic…

Ravenea glauca

Threatened plants of the world Red List status: VULNERABLE You may have already encountered this rare palm on your last holiday to a warm and sunny destination. You…

Arbutus canariensis

Threatened plants of the world Red List status: VULNERABLE The orange/red fruits of this tree, and its close relatives, have given rise to the name strawberry tree. There,…

Rhododendron taxifolium

Threatened plants of the world Red List status: NOT LISTED Even if you know your rhododendrons I bet you’d never guess this was one. The thin leaves are…

Dracaena cinnabari

Threatened plants of the world Red List status: VULNERABLE Imagine yourself standing on a tropical island surrounded by a turquoise sea. The sun is high and its searing…

Hatiora gaertneri

Threatened plants of the world Red List status: VULNERABLE Does this little plant look familiar to you? Perhaps you have seen it on granny’s windowsill or in a…

Thyrsopteris elegans

Threatened plants of the world Red List status: NOT LISTED Doesn’t the base of this fern look like a furry animal! Try to resist the temptation to stroke…

Hibiscus clayi

Threatened plants of the world Red List status: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED Ah, the Hawaiian Islands. Volcanic islands with steeple-like mountains clothed in rich green vegetation ringed with beautiful beaches,…

Lodoicea maldivica

Threatened plants of the world Red List status: ENDANGERED Far off the coast of east Africa the Seychelles are tiny specks of green in the vast Indian Ocean….