The 25th July 2021 marks 400 years of botanical research and teaching by the University of Oxford.
As a celebration and count-down to this anniversary, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum, together with the Oxford University Herbaria and the Department of Plant Sciences, is highlighting 400 plants of scientific and cultural significance.
From November 24th 2013, one plant will be profiled each week. Press release
The project can be followed on Twitter @Plants400 and on the specially created website at http://herbaria.plants.ox.ac.uk/bol/plants400. This web portal will act as a database to enable people to find out more about each featured plant and to see images of it growing in the Botanic Garden or Harcourt Arboretum, or preserved as a valuable specimen in one of the University Herbaria.
You can also hear all about the weeks featured plant on BBC Radio Oxfords "Garden Cafe" Sunday lunchtime programme.
Plant No 1 Taxus baccata - the English yew
Plant No 2 Cinnamonum verum - cinnamon tree
Plant No 3 Picea abies - Christmas tree
Plant No 4 Buxus sempervirens - box
Plant No 5 Commiphora saxicola - rock corkwood
Plant No 6 Sequoiadendron giganteum - giant redwood
Plant No 7 Lithops species - living stones
Plant No 8 Hamamelis virginiana - witch hazel
Plant No 9 Isoetes echinospora - spring quillwort
Plant No 10 Araucaria angustifolia - Parana pine
Plant No 12 Encephalartos ferox Listen to an audio clip about the Encephalartos ferox
Plant No 13 Stachyurus praecox Listen to an audio clip about the Stachyurus praecox