A deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub growing to 3-6m high with dense, glossy foliage. Mid to dark green leaves, sometimes variegated, or yellow. Shoots are densely downy and leaves are hairy on the midrib beneath. Heavily scented white flowers in terminal clusters from October to February. Shiny black berries. The leaves and fruit are poisonous to humans and certain animals.
The Chinese soft-shelled turtle is well adapted to aquatic environments, including brackish swamps and marshes. These turtles are predominantly carnivorous and the remains of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, insects, and seeds of marsh plants have been found in their stomachs.
Evergreen shrub or tree 3-6m high with a black or dark brown bark and feathery branches. Deep green, greyish or bluish-green leaves are minute and scale-like. Pale to purplish-pink flowers in clusters 15-70mm long at the end of thin, long twigs. Fruits are papery capsules 3-4mm long.
The chukar partridge has an extremely large indigenous range, spanning countries from Eastern Europe to China, Russia and Africa. It feeds on seeds, grasses, bulbs, stems, fruit and leaves. Its head, chest and rear are grey and it has white cheeks and a white throat surrounded by a black band.