Living ‘Ark’ of seeds


Deptford Pink is a rather pretty pink flower ( which is extremely rare and facing a very real risk of extinction in the wild over the next century. Conservation efforts have been recently focussing on collecting seeds from sites where the plants still occur, in the hope of creating a living ‘Ark’ of seeds at the Millennium Seedbank at Kew, from which we can re-introduce sites in the future

The seed is a rather interesting shape, and under the ioLight portable microscope you can see that the surface is covered in a curious array of raised bumps, almost like the bark on a tree!

Thanks to Dominic Price of the Species Recovery Trust for the seed and information on Deptford Pink (

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