Today in the staff conference Simon was asked the number of threatened plants that the RBGE is growing.

This is a dynamic figure as plants at the RBGE live and die and the IUCN assess more taxa for threatened status, but as of 23/01/2020 the number of  threatened accessions alive in the living collection are given below.

IUCN threat category Num of living accessions
Extinct in the wild (EW) 7
Critically Endangered (CR) 328
Endangered (EN) 855
Vulnerable (VU) 689

The full booklet from the IUCN on the red list criteria is available here