Taiwan

The Taiwan Threatened Conifer Region is a mountainous island that is located ca 200km off the coast of China. The granite mountains rise steeply on the eastern slopes to almost 4000m at the summit of Mt Yushan. Most of the island comprises of subtropical evergreen forest dominated by broadleaved species; however, with a rise in elevation, this forest type is gradually replaced by conifers and deciduous hardwoods. Taiwan has a tropical monsoon climate with a mean annual temperature of 22۫ C and a precipitation pattern which varies throughout the length of island. In general, the eastern slopes of the island receive the most rain, up to 6000mm annually; while the western plains receive only about 1500mm. Taiwan is subject to intense typhoons, especially on the eastern seaboard. Most of the island's 26 conifers species occur at higher altitudes at 2000m and above. Currently sixteen species are threatened mainly as a result of forest clearance for commercial plantations and agriculture

Taxa in the category - Taiwan:

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Abies kawakamii (Hayata) T.Itô

A subtropical alpine fir restricted to a few areas in Taiwan. Climate change is likely to have a significant impact on this species. Currently it is assessed as Near Threatened Read full species entry >

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Amentotaxus formosana H.L.Li

Restricted to four locations in southern Taiwan where historically the conversion of native forest to conifer plantations has been the main threat Read full species entry >

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Calocedrus formosana (Florin) Florin

Endemic to Taiwan where the population has become severely fragmented through logging and forest clearance for agriculture. Read full species entry >

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Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. wilsoniana (Hayata) Kitam.

Endemic to Taiwan where logging and the the conversion of native forest to Cryptomeria japonica plantation has caused a decline in the population. Read full species entry >

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Chamaecyparis formosensis Matsum.

Endemic to Taiwan where logging for its valuable wood has been the main cause of decline in its population Read full species entry >

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Chamaecyparis obtusa var. formosana (Hayata) Hayata

Endemic to Taiwan where historically widespread logging has seriously depleted the population Read full species entry >

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Cunninghamia konishii Hayata

A fast growing tree that is disjunctly distributed in Taiwan and along part of the border between Lao PDR and Việt Nam.  In the recent past it has been heavily exploited throughout most parts of its range: logging continues in Lao PDR.  Read full species entry >

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Keteleeria davidiana var. formosana

Restricted to Taiwan where there are only a few subpopulations that are in decline due to logging and expansion of agriculture and urban areas Read full species entry >

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