Some of the uses of gymnosperms are-
1. Ornamental and aesthetic purpose- Cycas species, Thuja, Araucaria are fairly common and planted in gardens and parks for their beautiful aesthetic appeal.
2. As a source of wood- Wood from gymnosperms is used as timber, for furnitures, packing boxes, pencils, railways sleepers, pulp and paper industry, match box, and also as fuel. Pine, Cedar, Douglas fir, Spruce, Juniper, Hemloc, Yew, Taxodium, Agathis are some of the species that are important sources of wood.
3. Eatables from gymnosperms- Cycas yields sago, starch is also obtained from seeds of Macrozamia, kernels of Gingko biloba, Seeds of Pinus gerardiana are eaten, popularly called as chilgoza.
4. Medicinal uses-
6. Tannins- From Hemlock (Tsugo). Used in hide industry.
7. Essential Oils-
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