National Geographic : 1950 Apr
© National Geographic Society t A Rare Hybrid Is Primula kewensis, Creation of the Royal Gardens This Kew primula, if encountered in Nature, might be ranked as a true species. At first the hybrid was sterile, but Kew's gardeners kept it alive by cuttings. In 1905 it produced seeds and thereafter bred true. Patricia Lewis holds the plant amid normal kindred. " George III Combed the Globe for Plants; Bird-of-Paradise Honors His Queen Strelitzia reginae is named for George's Queen Char lotte, Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. A giant ba nanalike herb, the original Strelitzia was taken to Kew from Africa in the 1770's. Francis Masson, who gave his life to plant exploring, was the collector.