Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Cycadopsida Cycadales Cycadaceae

Scientific Name: Cycas tanqingii
Species Authority: D.Yue Wang

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-31
Assessor(s): Hill, K.D.
Reviewer(s): Donaldson, J.S. & Bösenberg, J.D.
This species is listed as Near Threatened based on its limited distribution (extent of occurrence is 80 km²) and decline in habitat. It would qualify as Vulnerable under criteria B1 and possibly C1 if habitat loss results in a reduction in the number of locations (currently more than ten).
Previously published Red List assessments:
2003 Near Threatened (NT)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Luchun area of southeastern Yunnan Province, China. Populations have also been reported from across the border in the Lai Chau area in Viet Nam. Has been recorded up to 800 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
China (Yunnan)
Upper elevation limit (metres): 800
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Population [top]

Population: Good populations of this species still occur with estimates of more than 100,000 plants being made.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals: 100000
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in the understorey of rainforests in remote and mountainous country in China. Plants also possibly occur in closed evergreen forest in Viet Nam.
Systems: Terrestrial
Generation Length (years): 40

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Much of the forest has been cleared for agriculture in recent decades, and, in general, the only forest remaining is on precipitously steep sites that are unsuitable for any kind of cultivation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix II of the CITES Appendices.

Citation: Hill, K.D. 2010. Cycas tanqingii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T42086A10625874. . Downloaded on 08 October 2015.
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