This group contains all our photo galleries of plant life, belonging to the Taxonomic Class Ginkgoopsida, the Ginkgos. The galleries of photos are sorted by their Taxonomic Genus and Species. Click on the photo to view the gallery contents.
The Ginkgoopsida class is monotypic which means that it contains only one order, the Ginkgoales. The order Ginkgoales is also monotypic and contains five families, of which only Ginkgoaceae remains extant today with its one representative genus, the well known Ginkgo biloba tree. Ginkgo is a genus of highly unusual non-flowering plants. The scientific name is also used as the English name. The rate of evolution within the genus has been slow and almost all its species had become extinct by the end of the Pliocene period, the exception being the sole living species Ginkgo biloba which is only found in the wild in China, but is widely cultivated around the world. It has been used for medicinal purposes since the late 15th century in China. Among western countries, its first registered medicinal use was in Germany in 1965. Despite well established clinical use, controlled studies do not support the extract's efficacy for most of the indicated conditions.