Ancient Ginkgoes, Redwoods, Threatened in China

Publication: National Geographic Magazine   Date: April 16, 2008   View Article

China is home to more than 31,500 plant species, about 10 percent of the world’s total. Several species, including the dawn redwood and the maidenhair tree—also called ginkgo—are as old as the dinosaurs.

But 20 percent of these plants are at risk of extinction due to human pressures, according to Peter Raven, director of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

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