Juniperus pseudosabina


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Juniperus pseudosabina
Species Authority: Fisch. & C.A.Mey.
Juniperus centrasiatica Kom.
Juniperus turkestanica Kom.
Taxonomic Notes: Juniperus centrasiatica is a synonym of this and appeared in the 1998 World List of Threatened Trees as LR/nt.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-01-25
Assessor/s: Farjon, A.
Reviewer/s: Adams, R & Thomas, P.
Juniperus pseudosabina is too widespread, and probably increasing due to changes in land use and forest cover, to be threatened with extinction in the foreseeable future.
1998 Lower Risk/near threatened (Oldfield et al. 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from Central Asia: Afghanistan (Takhar), China (Xinjiang), Kazakhstan (southern mountains), Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan (Baltistan, Hindu Kush, Karakoram Range), Tajikistan, Uzbekistan (Turkestan Range).
Afghanistan; China (Xinjiang); Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Mongolia; Pakistan; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan
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Population [top]

Population: Locally abundant and increasing.
Population Trend: Increasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurring in subalpine conifer forest with Picea schrenkiana, Pinus sibirica, or P. wallichiana, in juniper woodland (J. semiglobosa) and in montane to subalpine scrubland and steppe (predominantly Seriphidium maritimum [Artemisia maritima] steppe rich in grasses and geophytes), with e.g. J. sabina, Cotoneaster, Kobresia capillifolia, Rhododendron anthopogon, Rosa, and Salix. The altitudinal range is from 1,950 m to 4,100 m a.s.l. It is often restricted to rocky outcrops and S-facing slopes, especially in forests, and occurs on various rock types and soil types from coarse gravel terraces to dry S-exposed loess slopes. The climate is extreme continental with short, hot, dry summers and long, cold, snowy winters. Both climatic factors and (possibly) grazing pressures are responsible for a shift from erect to decumbent shrubs from west to east in its range
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is very widespread and probably increasing in abundance due to increased grazing of high mountain slopes with domestic animals.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in a few protected areas, but the great majority of plants are outside these.
Citation: Farjon, A. 2013. Juniperus pseudosabina. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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