Larix potaninii var. chinensis / Shaanxi larch
Larix potaninii var. chinensis (Beissn.) L.K. Fu & Nan Li 1997 is commonly known as Shaanxi larch. It is a specific variety of Chinese larch that differs from the typical variety in the following ways:
- Seed cones are slightly smaller at 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm) long and 0.6 to 1.12 inches (1.5 to 2.8 cm) wide. They also have striped seed scales on the underside aspect.
- Short shoots bear yellow pubescence in their entirety.
. This variety is known only to Taibai Shan in of China's southerm Shaanxi province, growing at elevations of 8,300 to 11,200 feet (2,600 - 3,500 m) above sea level.
Attribution from: Wu Zheng-yi and Peter H. Raven (eds.). 1999. Flora of China, Volume 4. Beijing: Science Press; St. Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden.
Larix potaninii var. potaninii growing in the Foping National Nature Preserve.
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