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The Americas

About this region

In South America you’ll find temperate forests in southern Chile and Argentina. These forests have been significantly reduced due to wildfires, agriculture, plantations, and dams.

Layers of temperate vegetation occur in Central America and the northern Andes, at elevations over 1,200m above sea level.

In North America the warm-temperate zones are in the south-west, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Mississippi River. Long, dry summers and mild winters characterise the these regions.

Main image: Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve, Ecuador by S Velasco via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-ND 2.0

Home to 33% of all the world’s plant species, of which 108,193 species can only be found in the Americas.

Temperate plants from The Americas

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