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Fauna and Flora
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China's vegetation and fauna are particularly diverse. With the exception of the tundra, its vegetation includes practically all forms of earth's vegetation, from tropical rainforests to the coniferous forests of the boreal latitudes. With approximately 2700 families and over 30,000 species, representatives of almost the entire natural vegetation of the northern hemisphere can be found in China. Numerous ornamental plants, such as the hibiscus, or…

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Thomas, Axel, “Fauna and Flora”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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