Plants in the Garden – a Summer Holiday Post

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As our posts so far have shown, even a domestic garden can supply many plants with interesting chemical compounds, but this time, let’s see how the professionals do it – Picture It… Chemistry goes outdoors to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. (This is the Picture It… Chemistry contribution to the #ChemTravelCarnival suggested by Brandon Findlay over on Chemtips.)

In a departure from our usual format, Natalie has taken her camera to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden to focus on plants that have found medicinal and culinary uses. We plan to explore some of these in greater detail in the future, so for now there are many pictures and just a few links,* mostly to the relevant Wikipedia pages** for plants and key compounds, to get you interested.

The beds collecting representatives of different plant families hold, among many others, the Solanaceae, colloquially known as the…

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