South American Rainforests
South American temperate
rainforests are found in eastern Chile and western Argentina.
These forests are mixed and
forests, which share many plant
families with other Gondwana
continents such as Australia
rosea), ferns Blechnum
chilense and Lophosoria
quadripinnata, Nalca (Gunnera
tinctoria), and bamboos Chusquea
Many species are endemic to this region.
North American Rainforests
American temperate forests are found along the north Pacific coast.
These forests are the largest temperate
rainforests in the world.
south to north these forests contain species like the Californian
Coastal Redwood (Sequoia
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga
Shore Pine, Sitka spruce, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock and
Europe, the temperate rainforests are found in Norway, Spain, Ireland,
Scotland and Wales; and the coast of Croatia. Norwegian forests contain
trees like ash, maple, oak, and conifers like spruce and pine. Spanish
forests contain 5500 species of endemic seed-bearing plants, thanks to
the isolation provided by the Pyrenee mountains.
temperate rainforest plants of Asia are found in Japan, southern China,
Korea and Russia's far east. These forests contain many epiphytes and
also many giant trees.
Australasia Oceania Rainforests
temperate rainforests of Australia and New Zealand are found in
southern parts of Australia (Victoria,
South Wales, Tasmania);
on both islands of New Zealand. They contain particularly numerous
ferns and tree ferns, and also many mosses.
also many giant
trees, which can grow quite old thanks to minimal disturbance by fire
(it is too wet for fires to spread).
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