Geographic distribution patterns and status assessment of threatened plants in China

  title={Geographic distribution patterns and status assessment of threatened plants in China},
  author={Yinbo Zhang and Keping Ma},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
  • Yinbo Zhang, K. Ma
  • Published 18 April 2008
  • Environmental Science
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
Large scale heterogeneous distribution of biodiversity has become a hot topic for ecologists and conservationists. A threat status assessment combined with geographic distribution patterns of threatened plants in China has been conducted at a national scale in this study based upon a distribution database that refers to both specimen records and published references. Currently, 302 threatened plant species are cataloged in the “National Protected Key Wild Plants” in China belonging to 92… 
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[Geographic distribution characteristics of the national key protected wild plants in China].
  • Yinbo Zhang, K. Ma
  • Environmental Science
    Ying yong sheng tai xue bao = The journal of applied ecology
  • 2008
The floristic elements and geographic distribution characteristics of national key protected wild plants in China were analyzed at national scale, based on the information from published literatures and the specimen records mainly from the Chinese Virtual Herbarium to provide sound basis for the identification of the priority areas of biodiversity conservation, and the establishment of conservation strategies.
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