An extremely colourful plant that has flowered at Kew's Botanic Gardens is a first for experts.
Seeds of the rare plant were collected on a trip to Tasmania so the beautiful flower can be displayed at a Kent garden.
The plant is also known as the Pineapple Candleheath or Dragon Leaf Richea because of its blade shaped leaves and is so rare because it is hard to propagate in the UK.
Jo Wenham, Plant Propagation and Conservation Unit manager at Wakehurst, said: "As far as our records show, the Richea dracophylla is a new species in cultivation for Kew and Wakehurst Place.
"Because the Richea has complex propagation needs, the success of the first germination and flowering at Wakehurst Place is something to celebrate and it is wonderful to see it flowering.”
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