Conifer is a Latin word, a compound word of conus and ferre (to bear), meaning the one that bears (a) cone(s).The conifers, division Pinophyta, also known as division Coniferophyta or Coniferae, are one of 13 or 14 division level taxa within the Kingdom Plantae. Pinophytes are gymnosperms. They are cone-bearing seed with vascular tissue; all extant conifers are , the great majority being with just a few being . Typical examples of conifers include cedar, Douglas-fir, cypresses, , , kauri, , , hemlock, redwood, , and yew.Campbell, Reece, "Phylum Coniferophyta". Biology. 7th. 2005. Print. P.595 The division contains approximately eight families, 68 genera, and 630 living species. Database Catalogue of Life: 2007 Annual checklist - Conifer databaseLott, J., Liu, J., Pennell, K., Lesage, A., & West, M. (2002, September). Iron-rich particles and globoids in embryos of seeds from phyla Coniferophyta, Cycadophyta, Gnetophyta, and Ginkgophyta: characteristics of early seed plants. Canadian Journal of Botany,..