[image: Solum Dugahill]
Solitary hawkweed (Hieracium solum), a highly threatened species known from only two sites in Kintyre.
Vascular plant taxonomy & conservation biology
The priorities for the Vascular Plant Section are the taxonomy and conservation biology of flowering plants and ferns. The section's only current expert is Dr Tim Rich and the research undertaken reflects his interests and expertise trying to maximise use of the museum collections. Strong and active collaborative links are maintained with other botanical institutions such as National Botanic Garden of Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Bristol University. The work focuses on plants which are difficult to identify utilising the Welsh National Herbarium as the key reference collection. The results of the work are made available through contract reports, publications in refereed journals and books.