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There Are 60,000+ Species Of Tree Worldwide, Scientists Say

More than half of those species are only found in a single country, and many of them face extinction. The scientists hope that this database will be an important tool for conservationists.
People walk along the "Avenue of the Baobabs," a natural reserve in western Madagascar, in 2011. Source: AFP

Wondering how many kinds of trees there are? There's now a database that can answer that.

Scientists from the U.K.-based Botanic Gardens Conservation International say they have compiled the first-ever comprehensive list of all known tree species, totaling 60,065 different kinds.

The database

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