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34 Ginkgo

(Ginkgo biloba )

The ginkgo is a unique species of tree with no close living relatives. Often referred to as the “living fossil tree,” fossils of ginkgo leaves date back about 270 million years, and this tree was considered extinct until 1691. Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a food.