Despite a challenging year, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew discovered 156 new plant and fungal species in 2020.
While each has its own unique qualities and potential for humanity, Kew has highlighted 10 species in particular representing the amazing breadth of discovery.
Among them is an orchid that Kew dubs to be the ugliest in the world. The 11mm flowers of this orchid are small, brown and rather ugly. The institute discovered six new species of webcap toadstool mushrooms, one of which was found on the boundary of Heathrow airport.