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Flower talks
Vegetation refers to the plants or plant communities covering the land surface of a particular place.

Vegetation is not equivalent to flora. It is important to know the plant habits (e.g., trees, shrubs, herbs and epiphytes), but not absolutely necessary to know the plant names. Common vegetation types found in Hong Kong include: grasslands, scrublands, woodlands, and coastal vegetation at the estuaries and beaches.

Vegetation has certain characteristics: e.g., succession, density, and coverage.

Vegetation is affected by interacting factors, e.g., climate, relief, parent material, time, organisms (including humans), and disturbance (e.g. natural: fire, landslides, floods; anthropogenic: forest cutting and clearing).

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