China's flora tour: A big tree with even bigger roots

One of the most eye-catching characteristics of the fagus lucida is its intertwined branches and weblike root system. China has seven out of 14 species in fagus genus across the world. Photos below show the perfect integration of a fagus lucida with a zigzag track in Tianping Mountain in Zhangjiajie City in China's Hunan Province.

Fagus lucida can mostly be found in central and southern China. Given its wood serves as a kind of fine material for furniture making, overlogging has caused the sharp decline of the tree.

China's Flora Tour

From the wetlands along the coast to the dense rainforests hidden in the southwest, China boasts an array of plant species. In this series, we will go on a tour to learn about some of the most representative flora in different provinces and see how they live in harmony with the local geography and climate.

(All photos by CGTN's Zhang Hao)

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