Conifers grow all over the world often forming great
forests in cooler areas
and on mountain slopes. They began to appear about 300
million years ago and
were the dominant plants in the Mesozoic era. When the
other great group of
seed plants (Angiosperms) evolved, Conifers were
displaced to some extent
but they are still very successful in many regions.Most conifers are evergreen, keeping their
needle-shaped leaves for more
than one growing-season. The leaves of many species
have a waxy outer
covering to reduce loss of moisture in extreme
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