Geographical Distribution of Species in Genera Abies,Picea and Larix in China

  • Department of Urban & Environmental Sciences, and Center for Ecological Research & Education,Peking University, Beijing 100871, China

Received date: 2001-12-20

  Revised date: 2001-07-15

  Online published: 2002-09-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China (49971002, 39830050)


Species in genera Abies, Picea and Larix constitute dominant components of cold-temperate coniferous forests in China. In the present study, a number of geobotanical data on these three genera were collected by literature review to explore the distribution of these genera and their interrelations. Using GIS technique and based on the data collected, we established a spatial-explicitly species distribution database for each mesh with a resolution of 1o latitude by 1o longitude for each genus in entire China. The results suggested that: (1) west Sichuan and north Yunnan were modern distribution center common to these three genera; and (2) distribution altitudes of species decreased with an increase of latitude while along a longitudinal direction the distribution elevation appeared a maximum at a longitudinal range of 95o-105o mainly due to existence of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau although such a trend was frequently impacted by a heterogeneous environment.

Cite this article

LIU Zengli, FANG Jingyun, PIAO Shilong . Geographical Distribution of Species in Genera Abies,Picea and Larix in China[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2002 , 57(5) : 577 -586 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200205010


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