Last updated: November 17, 2021

What Does Biota Mean?

A biota is a grouping of animals, plants, fungi, and other organisms that all share the same geographical region on Earth. For example, the life sustained in a tropical region are said to be a biota, or biome. Within each biota there are habitats and microclimates to help further classify the types of life that make up the larger biota.

The term biota is also the common name for the Platycladus orientalis—an evergreen conifer native to China, Korea, and parts of Russia. It has also become naturalized throughout Japan, India, and Iran.


Maximum Yield Explains Biota

The Biota tree is often known as the Chinese thuja, Oriental arborvitae, Chinese arborvitae, and Oriental thuja. It typically grows as either a small tree or shrub.

When fully grown, the tree stands 15–20 meters tall with a 0.5-meter diameter trunk. The Biota is commonly used in landscapes around the world as an ornamental tree, hedge plant, privacy screen, or shrub.

Biota trees grow best when planted in full sun. The tree has a strong evergreen scent. Branches of the tree were once commonly used in closets and dressers to protect clothing from moths. Nowadays, the tree is used in the manufacture of a variety of natural pest repellent sprays and paints. It works as an excellent repellent against mites, moths, and rodents.

For centuries, Biota tree parts have been consumed for a wide array of holistic pharmaceutical uses such as menstrual flow problems, headaches, stomach problems, cough suppressant.preventative against bacterial infections, for pain control, to stop bleeding, sooth skin disorders, and many other uses.


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