Abies forrestii var. smithii 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Pinopsida Pinales Pinaceae

Scientific Name: Abies forrestii var. smithii
Species Authority: Viguié & Gaussen
Parent Species:
Taxonomic Source(s): Farjon, A. 2010. A Handbook of the World's Conifers. Koninklijke Brill, Leiden.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-12-16
Assessor(s): Zhang, D, Katsuki, T. & Rushforth, K.
Reviewer(s): Thomas, P. & Farjon, A.
The available evidence for the population decline over the past century suggests that it is approaching 30% so that Near Threatened is the appropriate category (almost qualifies under criterion A2cd).  Should the level of population loss increase, reconsideration would be justified.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to China: NW Yunnan, possibly extending into SW Sichuan.
Countries occurrence:
China (Yunnan)
Lower elevation limit (metres): 3200
Upper elevation limit (metres): 4200
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Population [top]

Population: This taxon forms extensive forests with only limited evidence of major logging.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Grows in cool temperate to subalpine forest zone, often the last woodland tree before the alpine zone (occurs at 3,200 to 4,200 m asl). Stands are usually pure but may be associated with Betula utilis, Betula szechuanica or Larix potaninii.
Systems: Terrestrial
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Yes
Generation Length (years): 50

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The timber is a low quality wood that may be used for construction or pulp.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Logging and deforestation present a risk to the taxon.  Fire and grazing following logging present the greater threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The Government of China has recently imposed a logging ban in western China.

Citation: Zhang, D, Katsuki, T. & Rushforth, K. 2013. Abies forrestii var. smithii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T191562A1989209. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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