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Farges Nutmeg Tree

(Torreya fargesii)

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Description

Torreya fargesii (Farges nutmeg tree, Chinese; literally: "Bashan torreya") is a species of conifer in the Cephalotaxaceae family. It is a large tree that can be up to 20 metres (66 ft) tall. It is endemic to central and southern China; it is found in Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Yunnan provinces, and possibly in Anhui. It occurs in coniferous, mixed, and broad-leaved forests at altitudes 1,000–3,400 metres (3,300–11,200 ft) ASL. The seeds can be pressed for oil. The wood is used in construction and furniture. The Latin specific epithet fargesii refers to the French missionary and amateur botanist Père Paul Guillaume Farges (1844–1912).

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum:
Class: Pinopsida
Order:Pinales
Family:Taxaceae
Genus:Torreya
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