Picea likiangensis var. hirtella (Rehder & E.H.Wilson) W.C.Cheng


Distributed in soutwest China in the provinces of Sichuan and Tibet where it is threatened through logging and grazing by livestock

Associated Names:


China: W Sichuan, SE Xizang [Tibet]

Habitat and Ecology

This variety occurs at high elevations between 3000 and 4000 metres above sea-level in coniferous forests.

Human Uses

As for the typical variety

Conservation Status

Global status

Endangered B2ab(ii,iii,v)

Global rationale

Known from five (possibly six locations) with an area of occupancy of <500 km², this variety occurs at high alpine altitude where grazing pressures often prevent regeneration after past logging.

Global threats

The primary threat has been logging followed by subsequent grazing of regeneration by livestock. Their impact has led to an ongoing decline.

Conservation Actions

The Government of China has recently imposed a logging ban in western China