KFBG Blog: Plants & Us

Plants & Us
Posted Date: Wednesday 15 January 2020
In 2017, staff of KFBG’s Flora Conservation Department (FLO) made an exciting discovery through BGCI’s (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) Plant Search, a database designed to help botanic gardens share material for conservation purposes...
Plants & Us
Posted Date: Wednesday 8 January 2020
In the summer of 2018, the most intense super-typhoon ever to directly hit Hong Kong brought flooding, power outages and widespread damage to buildings and property. Super typhoon Mangkhut also uprooted thousands of trees across the region, blocking roads and making it practically impossible for thousands of people to get back to work the following day. However, the impacts of this extensive treefall could be seen far beyond the built-up areas of the city...
Plants & Us
Posted Date: Monday 6 January 2020
Phalaenopsis pulcherrima is an alluring, rock-dwelling orchid that is supremely adapted to growth in a hot, dry climate. Its wiry roots anchor the plant to exposed, sunbaked rocks where few other species can survive, and its clustered, succulent leaves withstand high temperatures and extended periods of drought. However, its gorgeous flowers that bloom through the summer monsoon and which come in a range of colours have been its downfall: intensive collection for the ornamental plant trade has led to the decimation of populations throughout its native range in tropical Asia...
Plants & Us
Posted Date: Tuesday 3 December 2019
Seed collection kickstarts the cycle of ecological restoration. Seeds collected from the wild are brought back to KFBG for germination and propagation in our laboratories and nurseries, and the resulting seedlings are eventually planted back out into the wild.
Plants & Us
Posted Date: Friday 1 November 2019
As we approach Autumn, the temperature mellows and the humidity drops, leaves change colour and trees begin to fruit. Autumn may be brief in Hong Kong, but it is just long enough to work its charm in all sorts of ways. It is a time of plentiful natural harvest, as celebrated by the Autumn festival throughout China. For our botanists in the Flora Conservation Department, the season is greeted with a burst of activity to collect seeds for our various plant conservation and ecological restoration programmes.