Juniperus microsperma (W.C.Cheng & L.K.Fu) R.P.Adams

Currently listed on the IUCN Redlist under Juniperus convallium var microsperma and evaluated as Data Deficient, recent research strongly indicates that this taxon should be treated as a distinct species unrelated to J. convallium. Given J. microsperma's limited distribution and the impact of grazing and firewood collection, this species should be evaluated as Endangered at least under Criterion B1.


China, Qinghai, Bomi County, Parlung Zangbo Valley

Conservation Status

More information for this species will be added soon

References and further reading

  1. Adams, R. P., Mao, K. S. & Liu, J. Q. (2013) The volatile leaf oil of Juniperus microsperma and its taxonomy. Phytologia 95, 87–93
  2. Farjon, A. (2005) A monograph of Cupressaceae and Sciadopitys. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  3. Mao, K, G. Hao, J-Q Liu, R. P. Adams and R. I. Milne. 2010. Diversification and biogeography of Juniperus (Cupressaceae): variable diversification rates and multiple intercontinental dispersals. New Phytologist 188: 254-272
  4. Shang, H.Y., Z.L. Li, M. Dong, R.P. Adams, G. Miehe, L. Opgenoorth & K.S. Mao 2015. Evolutionary origin and demographic history of an ancient conifer (Juniperus microsperma) in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Nature Scientific Reports:10216:DOI: 10.1038/srep10216.