'Living fossil' dove-tree thrives in SW China

Native to central and southwestern China, Davidia involucrata, also known as the dove-tree, is a small flowering tree with showy creamy bracts. The bracts turn white as the flowers mature.

Dove-trees generally flower between mid-April and mid-May, but the flowers lack a corolla, so the bracts play an important role in protecting pollen. The plant is a "living fossil" and under first-class state protection in China.

Take a look at this video of dove-trees in Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

(Video is provided by Sun Jiapeng and edited by Liu Haibo, and the cover photo is via CFP.)

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