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.
Distribution. 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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