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About this region

Asia is home to approximately 100,000 plant species.

This diversity can partially be attributed to Asia’s immense size.

A less obvious factor is Asia’s complex and varied geography. It features Earth’s tallest mountains and its deepest valleys. It has habitat types from tropical rainforests to sandy deserts and frozen tundra.

Kew’s temperate flora is primarily from China. Many Chinese plants grace parks and gardens around the world. So despite its rich diversity, you’ll find something familiar among the Asian temperate plants.

Main image: Mountainscape of Zhangjiajie in China by Yoo Chung via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5

Asia has a complex and varied topography, with the tallest mountains and the deepest valleys. It has about 100,000 plant species.

Temperate plants from Asia

Other temperate regions