Beck, Charles B. Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
An order of gymnosperms in the class Ginkgoopsida (Pinophyta) with only one extant species, Ginkgo biloba (the maidenhair tree). Ginkgo biloba (Fig. 1), also referred to as the gingko tree, is native to China. It is cultivated as a shade tree in cities around the world because of its beauty and its resistance to disease and the effects of automotive pollution. It is the only surviving species of the class Ginkgoatae and is considered a living fossil. For thousands of years, the leaves and seeds of the ginkgo tree have been used to make herbal extracts in traditional Chinese medicine. More recently, these extracts have been introduced into Western medicine. See also: Ginkgoopsida; Living fossils; Pinophyta; Tree
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 10,000 highly qualified scientists and 46 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information