Abies delavayi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Abies delavayi
Species Authority: Franch.
Infra-specific Taxa Assessed:
Common Name(s):
English Delavay's Fir

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-12-14
Assessor(s): Xiang, Q., Rushforth, K. & Carter, G.
Reviewer(s): Thomas, P. & Farjon, A.
Based on the status found for all infraspecific taxa under this species, apart from Abies delavayi ssp. fansipanensis, the species as a whole is considered Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in SW China: W Yunnan, SE Xizang [Tibet]; NE India: Arunachal Pradesh; N Myanmar; Viet Nam (Fan Si Pan Mtn.).
China (Tibet [or Xizang], Yunnan); India (Arunachal Pradesh); Myanmar; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: May be locally common, depending on the variety.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a species of high elevations in the great mountain ranges of SW China, occurring between 2,400 m and 4,300 m asl, but usually between 3,000 m and 4,000 m, commonly on north-facing slopes. The soil is a grey brown mountain podzol. The climate is extremely wet, with cool summers and cold, snowy winters (annual precipitation ranges from 1,000 mm to 3,000 mm and more). It grows mixed with other conifers, such as Picea likiangensis, P. brachytyla var. brachytyla, or in pure stands towards the tree limit. At lower elevations it is sometimes mixed with Tsuga chinensis, T. dumosa, Juniperus formosana and broad-leaved trees, e.g. Betula albosinensis, Betula platyphylla var. szechuanica, and Quercus semecarpifolia. Abies delavayi, however, is less common with these trees than A. forrestii.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Timber is used for general construction.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Logging has affected many areas although with the introduction of a logging ban in 1998 this problem has reduced.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Bibliography [top]

Farjon, A. 2010. Conifer Database (June 2008) In Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2010 Annual Checklist (Bisby F.A., Roskov Y.R., Orrell T.M., Nicolson D., Paglinawan L.E., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., Baillargeon G., eds). Reading, UK. Available at: http://www.catalogueoflife.org/.

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

IUCN. 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2011.2). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 10 November 2011).

Citation: Xiang, Q., Rushforth, K. & Carter, G. 2011. Abies delavayi. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2015.
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