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Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
« Reply #75 on: March 15, 2014, 02:14:06 AM »
We are booked for the discussion weekend in October, and arriving in Edinburgh on the 28 of September we will be visiting the RBGE for sure, as we had John Mitchell at our place for dinner during his visit to our Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society it has been a dream, and is coming true.
I also received the first time attendee grant, so more money to spent for our trip.
So keep posting those pictures Maggi. as my mouth is watering with every picture I see. :)
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Re: New Alpine House for Edinburgh Botanic Garden
« Reply #76 on: March 15, 2014, 11:29:21 AM »
Arie, congratulations of being awarded the DWE bursary- it will be great to see you and Lee again, this time in Scotland.
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Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
« Reply #77 on: March 17, 2014, 06:05:01 PM »
News from the RBGE : http://www.rbge.org.uk/
"The world’s biggest begonia! RBGE scientists over in Sao Tome (Island in the Atlantic)have found the extraordinary plant Begonia baccata."



and "Reach down & appreciate the odour of Scoliopus bigelovii.Generally referred as 'malodorous', we couldn’t agree more! "

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Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
« Reply #78 on: March 17, 2014, 06:37:01 PM »
Belated congratulations to Dr David Rae,  Director of Horticulture/Learning of the RBGE on his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)  : http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/royal-society-makes-david-rae-its-horticultural-first


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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - new gesneriads found
« Reply #79 on: March 20, 2014, 02:11:16 PM »
http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/news/stories/new-plant-discovery-doffs-cap-to-20th-century-greats

New plant discovery doffs cap to 20th century greats - click here to see original piece

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Scientists in the UK collaborating with colleagues in Vietnam have made the rare discovery of a previously unknown plant group or “genus” and, within it, five species of delicate flowers that are all new to science. Even more remarkably one of these specimens was collected in 1933 but has only now been classified and scientifically described at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Now, the new genus has been named in honour of two of the 20th century’s most prolific botanists.

All the specimens are grouped as part of Gesneriaceae - the African violet family –  and were collected over the years in a little-studied area of southern Vietnam. They then lay, without their importance being recognised, in herbaria - repositories of preserved and labelled plant specimens - until RBGE-based scientists were able to examine the collections in more detail, incorporate evidence from molecular data, and prove without doubt that they represented a brand new group of plants within the wider family.

The new genus has been named Billolivia in honour of two of the most prolific botanists of the 20th Century, the late Brian Laurence Burtt - known as Bill - and Olive Hilliard, both of whom were based at RBGE and specialised in the research of the African violet family. Between them, Burtt and Hilliard described hundreds of new species.

Paying tribute to the international collaboration behind this latest research, RBGE Director of Science, Professor Pete Hollingsworth, underscored the need for continued taxonomic advancements: “Discovering new species is important. But, finding entirely new genera is particularly exciting. The Gesneriaceae family contains many indicator species for intact ecosystems which are useful for setting conservation priorities. Many species are also of horticultural interest,” he said.

“The rate of habitat destruction in the tropics is proceeding at an unprecedented rate and one of these new species has already been designated as ‘Critically Endangered’. This is a race against time to discover and understand the world’s biodiversity before it is lost: knowing what species exist – and where they occur – is a pre-requisite to conserving them. This work could not have been done without strong collaborative links with botanists and collectors in Vietnam working closely with the team in Edinburgh.”

Part of the flora of Vietnam and its neighbours, Cambodia and Laos, is being written in Edinburgh and this research is an important contribution to an understanding of plant diversity in this high biodiversity region.

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Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
« Reply #80 on: March 20, 2014, 02:16:43 PM »
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Regius Keeper, Simon Milne, MBE



New Regius Keeper's Message : http://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/regius-keepers-message

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« Reply #81 on: March 20, 2014, 09:50:55 PM »
Delighted to see that the new gesneriad is to be named after Bill Burtt and Olive Hilliard.  I took one look at the picture before reading the text and thought ‘Gesneriad’.  With our interest in the alpine and temperate members of the family, Brian and I had a lot of contact with Bill Burtt over the years.  One of our visits to him took place at RBGE on a Sunday morning when 'Alpines 2001' was in progress.  He proudly told us that it was 50 years to the day that he started work at RBGE. He was discovering and naming plants before I was born!  He was a lovely gentleman.
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Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
« Reply #82 on: March 21, 2014, 07:40:19 PM »
Some  other new plants recently described ........

A new species of Didymocarpus (Gesneriaceae) from Yunnan, China in the Nordic Journal of

9 February 2014
Li, Jia-Mei

Didymocarpus tonghaiensis J.M Li& F.S.Wang from Yunnan, China, is illustrated and is described here. It is morphologically similar to D. stenanthos C. B. Clarke, but differs by having peduncle densely glandular, calyx 5-lobed free to the base, larger corolla, anther with white woolly hairs and capsule with dense glandular hairs.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1756-1051.2013.00105.x/abstract

Primulina jianghuaensis sp. nov. (Gesneriaceae) from a limestone cave in southern Hunan, China (pages 70–74)

Xiu-Zhen Cai, Ren-Yuan Yi, Lei Zhou, Ren-Ping Kuang and Ke-Ming Liu

Article first published online: 22 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-1051.2013.00260.x
There is free access to this content:   http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1756-1051.2013.00260.x/full

Dionysia assadii, found at 3154m in s Iran

Dionysia assadii sp. nov. (Primulaceae: sect. Dionysiopsis) from southern Iran

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20 March 2014

A. Borjian, E. Deylami, A. F. Dousti

The new species Dionysia assadii (Primulaceae) from the Irano–Turanian region in Fars province, Iran, is described and illustrated. It is compared with its closest relative Dionysia esfandiarii Wendelbo and differs from it in leaf shape, leaf margin, hair density of leaves and other organs, shape of calyx and bracts, color of corolla and status of lobes, form and color of seeds, as well as the length of anthers and style in longistylous flowers.



http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291756-1051/earlyview - more pictures

- well worth checking the site http://www.nordicjbotany.org/ - and links to Wiley online to see which articles have free access.  :)
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Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
« Reply #83 on: March 26, 2014, 04:12:47 PM »
Some recent photos from Alan Elliot at the RBGE
Pulsatilla turczaninovii   x 2
   





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« Reply #84 on: March 26, 2014, 04:14:10 PM »
From the RBGE

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Re: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - alpine house and news
« Reply #85 on: March 26, 2014, 07:57:49 PM »
A new Dionysia!! Just when I thought I'd finished rewriting the Dionysia section of the  AGS on-line encyclopaedia this pops up. Suppose it was only a matter of time before a new one was discovered; better get it added.
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« Reply #86 on: March 26, 2014, 08:01:07 PM »
Just when you thought you had time for a cuppa, eh, Paul?
Good to hear that you are working  on such updates, there are quite a few "holes" in some areas.

Nice looking plant, the new one, I think.
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« Reply #87 on: March 26, 2014, 08:06:50 PM »
Certainly does look desirable but will it ever become available? D. esfandiarii is one of the more difficult to flower well, perhaps this will be more reliable. We'll just have to be patient.
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« Reply #88 on: March 26, 2014, 08:33:13 PM »
Probably it may never be available, Paul, or growable!  But it interesting to see what's new - good to have such surprises and see photos of the plant in situ.
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« Reply #89 on: March 26, 2014, 09:33:11 PM »
Tweet this evening from Rachel de Thame - from Gardeners' World  TV programme :
Rachel de Thame ‏@RacheldeThame

"Heading home after an inspirational day filming alpines for #GardenersWorld @TheBotanics Edinburgh Huge thanks to John Mitchell and the team"

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