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DAWN REDWOOD
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
This prized redwood has been called a "living fossil" and is a testament to why China's flora is so diverse. Like many other plants in China, this species survived the last Ice Age, when glaciation wiped out similar flora in North America and Europe. Until 1948, the genus Metasequoia was known only from the fossil record, but a small stand of trees discovered in the Sichuan-Hubei region proved to belong to this ancient genus. Thanks to seed and saplings collected in China, the dawn redwood now flourishes in gardens throughout the world.


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