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For the municipality in Brazil's São Paulo state, see Restinga, São Paulo.
Restinga habitat, Rio de Janeiro state.
Restinga habitat, São Paulo state.

Restinga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁesˈtʃĩɡɐ]) — a spit and a distinct type of coastal Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forest, found in eastern Brazil.[1]

Restingas form on sandy, acidic, and nutrient-poor soils, and are characterized by medium-sized trees and shrubs adapted to the drier and nutrient-poor conditions.[1]

One of the most notable restingas is the Restinga da Marambaia (in Rio de Janeiro), which is owned and kept by the Brazilian Army.


The World Wildlife Fund distinguishes two Restinga ecoregions.

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