Only one species of Ginkgo,Ginkgo biloba, remains today and this may
be the oldest living seed plant. Two hundred million year old fossils have
been found that have fan-shaped leaves like those of the present-day
Maidenhair Tree. In the distant past, Ginkgos were common throughout the
world but today the last surviving species grows in China. It might well
have become extinct if it were not prized as an ornamental tree.
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