Abies fargesii var. sutchuensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA PINOPSIDA PINALES PINACEAE

Scientific Name: Abies fargesii var. sutchuensis
Species Authority: Franch.
Parent Species:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-12-14
Assessor(s): Farjon, A.
Reviewer(s): Thomas, P.
Justification:
No specific threats have been identified for this variety and it remains relatively common despite the impact of past logging. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to China occurring in Gansu and NW Sichuan.
Countries:
Native:
China (Gansu, Sichuan)
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Population [top]

Population: Population trends for this variety are unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Abies fargesii occurs in the high montane to subalpine zones of northern Central China, at elevations between 2,000 m and 4,000 m a.s.l. Soils are mostly grey brown mountain podzols. The climate is cold and moist. A. fargesii mostly forms either pure forests or mixed coniferous forests with among other species Picea purpurea, P. asperata, P. neoveitchii, P. brachytyla, Larix potaninii, Abies chensiensis, A. recurvata, Tsuga chinensis and Taxus chinensis. Some broad-leaved trees are usually present: Betula spp., Populus spp., and many shrubs: Cotoneaster, Ribes, Spiraea, Rhododendron and Berberis are among the common genera (except in dense Picea-Abies forest).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Being a widespread fir in the high mountains of western China, this variety, like the species, has been subject to extensive exploitation for its timber. The wood, if of high grade, is used in construction (mainly indoor flooring, framing and joinery), otherwise it is applied in the paper pulp industry. Most botanical collectors active in western China in the first decades of the twentieth century encountered it or its varieties and the species has been introduced to Europe and the USA from these collections. Most trees still in cultivation date from these introductions and are generally confined to botanical gardens and arboreta.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Historical logging may have impacted this variety. No current threats have been identified.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: A logging ban has been introduced.

Bibliography [top]

Farjon, A. 2010. A Handbook of the World's Conifers. Koninklijke Brill, Leiden.

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.1). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 12 June 2013).


Citation: Farjon, A. 2013. Abies fargesii var. sutchuensis. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 15 September 2014.
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