is a general term for the plant life of a region; it refers to the ground cover provided by plants. It is a general term, without specific reference to particular taxa, life forms, structure, spatial extent, or any other specific botanical or geographic characteristics. It is broader than the term flora
which refers exclusively to species composition. Perhaps the closest synonym is plant community, but vegetation
can, and often does, refer to a wider range of spatial scales than that term does, including scales as large as the global.