KFBG Blog: Plants & Us
A Sneak Peek at Our Seed Handling Process
On a cool, sunny day, our team ventured onto Lantau Island, the largest island of Hong Kong, to collect seeds of native plants for conservation. The route planned for the day stretched across two str...
Meet the Chinese New Year Beauty Queens
Lunar New Year is not only the most important festival in the Chinese calendar, it is also the time of year in which many native Hong Kong plants come into bloom. As these beauties break bud, their f...
Home for Christmas
After decades in the Scottish capital, an international collaboration finally brings two very rare Hong Kong plants back to home turf Before and after: Amentotaxus argotaenia cuttings being unboxed...
What we learnt from Typhoon Mangkhut, the most extreme climatic event recorded in Hong Kong
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 uproo...
Threatened orchid successfully reintroduced back into its natural habitat in Hainan
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 spe...
Collecting Seeds for Rewilding
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 resul...
Fruiting rare native oaks herald the onset of Autumn
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 i...
Calanthe masuca var. sinensis – Sowing Seeds of Success
Calanthe masuca var. sinensis, a species that has struggled to get by in the wild of its own accord, is one of ten native orchids shortlisted for ex situ propagation at KFBG. The species, also known...
On the Scent of Bulbophyllum delitescens
Bulbophyllum is one of the world's largest genera of flowering plants, with more than 2,000 species found throughout the tropics. It is also the largest genus of orchids in Hong Kong, with 11 recorde...
Fuchsia Flush - Fordiophyton brevicaule
There are very few populations of Fordiophyton brevicaule in the wild, probably because they require very specific environmental conditions in which to grow, with plants being found in dense for...