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Ancient Sea Buckthorn forest in Tibet
13:18, June 01, 2010  

Photo shows the ancient Sea Buckthorn forest.

2,000 mu of natural Sea Buckthorn forest with 15 meters high grows along the Niangmu river valley in Cona County of Lhoka Prefecture, with 800 mu of them owning thousands of years' history.

Sea Buckthorn(Hippophae rhamnoides) is a kind of fruit tree with high ecological and economic value. It's root, stem, leaf, and fruit can be used as medicinal materials.

Sea Buckthorn is tolerant of salt in the air and soil, but demand full sunlight for good growth and do not tolerate shady conditions near larger trees. They are viewed as the sand-fixing plants for their strong tillers characters.

Nyima, leader of Chomo Village in Cona County of Lhoka Prefecture introduced:" In ancient time, Tibetans started to protect the Sea Buckthorn forest, which had been called as "La xin"(the plants with souls in Tibetan). At present, the Sea Buckthorn forest is not open to tourists. I hope in future, the fruits of Sea Buckthorn could bring profits for local Tibetans."

Source: China Tibet Information Center
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