Kew Gardens Herbarium: ‘Plants are not just beautiful. They help us to survive’

Guardian: The label is scrawled and inky, but it unmistakably says "Nyassa. Dr Livingston." Despite the spelling mistake, it's the Doctor Livingstone, I presume (quite rightly). Suddenly we are transported back to tropical central Africa in the early 1860s. David Livingstone was in what is modern-day Malawi, where it is hot and dry or hot and humid, except in the freezing night-time highlands. Livingstone's wife Mary had recently died, and members of his expedition were starving by the end of a long ......

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