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Conifer is a Latin word, a compound word of conus and ferre (to bear), meaning the one that bears (a) cone(s).

A monkey puzzle tree (conifer)

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The conifers, division Pinophyta, also known as division Coniferophyta or Coniferae, are one of 13 or 14 division level taxa within the Kingdom Plantae. Pinophytes are gymnosperms. They are cone-bearing seed plants with vascular tissue; all extant conifers are woody plants, the great majority being trees with just a few being shrubs. Typical examples of conifers include cedars, Douglas-firs, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauri, larches, pines, hemlocks, redwoods, spruces, and yews.

The division contains approximately eight families, 68 genera, and 630 living species.

In Walking with... Series

Walking with Dinosaurs

New Blood

This episode takes place, in part, in a conifer forest. Placerias graze there, but often to come to more open ground alongside the river, where they are more vulnerable to predators such as Postosuchus.

Time of the Titans

The first half of this episode takes place in a conifer (Redwood) forest. The baby Diplodocus live there to avoid attention of large predators such as Allosaurus, but they are vulnerable to smaller hunters (i.e. Ornitholestes) and to forest fires.

Death of a Dynasty

This episode takes place in a mixed forest that has both ancient conifers and more advanced flowering plants.

Chased by Dinosaurs

Land of Giants

This episode takes place, in part, in a coniferous forest, where juvenile Argentinosaurs and other herbivores graze and try avoid being eaten by predators.

Walking with Monsters

Reptile's Beginnings

This episode depicts some of Earth's first conifers, set during the Permian. So far, the reptiles, even the plant-eating Edaphosaurs, ignore them, though the baby Dimetrodon seek refuge there from their adults.

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