Pseudotsuga sinensis var. brevifolia has been reported from the limestone region in northern Việt Nam, but more recent assessments of the Vietnamese trees (e.g. Hiep et al., 2004) have concluded that the common species on the ridge tops and summits of the limestone mountains is P. sinensis var. sinensis. The distribution of P. sinensis var. brevifolia in Atlas of the Gymnosperms of China (Ying et al., 2004) borders the distribution of P. sinensis var. sinensis in Việt Nam given on a map in Hiep et al., (2004). It seems unlikely that var. brevifolia is restricted to China, but it may also be incorrect determination of specimens on either side of the border that has lead to this parallel distribution pattern. A critical evaluation of the material (and this taxon) is needed. In the Flora of China (Wu & Raven 1999), var. brevifolia is treated as a distinct species.
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