China

The China Threatened Conifer Region includes most of mainland China. Climatically and topographically it is diverse and one of the world's major centres for plant diversity. It has a rich conifer flora with more than 150 taxa including iconic endemic conifers such as Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Pseudolarix amabilis and Cathaya argyrophylla. Unfortunately almost half have been assessed as threatened. The principal threats arise from conversion of forest for agricultural use, plantation forestry and urbanization as well as recent exploitation for timber. A number of taxa are relictual and naturally have small populations: these are especially susceptible to anthropogenic influences. Several taxa, including, Cupressus funebris, Cunninghamia lanceolata and Platycladus orientalis have a long history of cultivation and their natural distributions have become unclear and it is uncertain if any wild populations still remain. The majority of threatened species are concentrated in the Sino-Himalayan areas of Yunnan and Sichuan, the limestone karst areas of Guangxi and Guizhou and the mountainous areas of Fujian and Zhejiang.

Taxa in the category - China:

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Picea asperata var. ponderosa Rehder & E.H.Wilson

Only known from the type locality in W Sichuan, China where it is thought that logging has been a major threat Read full species entry >

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Picea aurantiaca Mast.

Has a restricted distribution in western Sichuan, China where the main threat has been historic logging. Current threats to the remaining subpopulations include fire and over-grazing Read full species entry >

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Picea brachytyla (Franch.) E. Pritz

Widely distributed in the Himalaya region and adjoining China where widespread logging has much depleted the population Read full species entry >

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Picea brachytyla var. brachytyla

Widely distributed in western China where logging has caused a significant decline in the population and fragmentation Read full species entry >

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Picea brachytyla var. complanata (Mast.) W.C.Cheng ex Rehder

Widley distributed in the Sino-Himalayan region where logging has greatly reduced the population and caused fragmentation Read full species entry >

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Picea farreri C.N.Page & Rushforth

Found in southern China and Myanmar where there are very few locations remaining due to logging Read full species entry >

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Picea likiangensis (Franch.) E.Pritz.

Distributed in Bhutan, China and neighbouring SE Tibet where logging is the main threat Read full species entry >

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Picea likiangensis var. hirtella (Rehder & E.H.Wilson) W.C.Cheng

Distributed in soutwest China in the provinces of Sichuan and Tibet where it is threatened through logging and grazing by livestock Read full species entry >

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