Larix potaninii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Larix potaninii
Species Authority: Batalin
Infra-specific Taxa Assessed:
Common Name/s:
English Chinese Larch, Hongshan, Hungsha

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-12-17
Assessor/s: Zhang, D & Luscombe, D
Reviewer/s: Thomas, P.
As the two most common and widespread varieties (var. potaninii and var. macrocarpa) have been assessed as Least Concern, this also applies to the species as a whole.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from China: S Gansu, S Shaanxi, W Sichuan, NW Yunnan, E and S Xizang [Tibet]; and Nepal.
China (Gansu, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Tibet [or Xizang], Yunnan); Nepal
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Population [top]

Population: May be locally common.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Larix potaninii and its varieties are high mountain larches occurring between 2,350 m and 4,300 m altitude a.s.l. The soils are acidic mountain podzols. The climate is cold, the precipitation varies from 800 mm to 2,000 mm annually according to location. At high elevations it grows often pure, with undergrowth of Juniperus squamata, elsewhere it is usually mixed with Abies spp., Picea spp., Tsuga dumosa or T. chinensis, Cephalotaxus spp. and Taxus spp.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Localized over exploitation of varieties with limited distribution has led to two varieties being listed as threatened. No range wide threats have been identified.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in several protected areas. A general logging ban is in place in China where the majority of the population occurs.
Citation: Zhang, D & Luscombe, D 2013. Larix potaninii. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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