Central Chinese BioProvince

This BioProvince (as defined by Armen Takhtajan) includes the Guangxi, Guizhou and northern parts of the Yunnan region. In topographical terms it comprises the Tata Shan Mountains, the Szechwan Basin, part of the Kweichow Plateau and southern part of the Great Chinese Plain. Along an east-west axis, it extends the entire length of the Yangtze River. Most of the area experiences a warm, moist temperate climate. The flora is exceptionally rich in endemic taxa with five endemic or near endemic families (Akaniaceae, Eucommiaceae, Ginkgoaceae, Sargentodoxaceae, Trochodendraceae), about 26 endemic or near endemic genera (Bretschneidera, Camptotheca, Changium, Davidia, Eomecon, Eucommia, Fokienia, Fortunearia, Ginkgo, Heptacodium, Kolkwitzia, Melliodendron, Metasequoia, Nothotaxus, Nyssa, Platycarya, Poliothyrsis, Pseudolarix, Pseudotaxus, Psilopeganum, Rhoiptelea, Sargentodoxa, Sinofranchetia, Sinowilsonia, Tapiscia, Tentracentron), and hundreds of endemic species.

The following accounts for this BioProvince have been written or will be written with particular reference to endemic and locally important species. Accounts available are displayed in green or yellow. Those displayed in red are either in the pipeline or awaiting expert contributions.


Major Ecosystems
Endemic Vascular Plant Flora
Bryophyte Flora
Fungus Flora
Lichen Flora
Invertebrate Fauna
Amphibian Fauna
Reptile Fauna
Bird Fauna
Mammal Fauna
Conservation Status