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The Yuanbaoshan fir is found only in the Yuanbao Mountains of north Guangxi, China. This imposing tree is distinguished by its barrel-shaped green-brown cones and it was only described as a new species to science in 1980. Alongside its close relative the Ziyuan fir (Abies ziyuanensis), the species is considered one of the most highly threatened trees in China.
There are only thought to be around 700 of these trees left in the wild, and the population structure mainly comprises either old individuals or very young ones. There are very few breeding-aged plants in the wild, meaning opportunities for natural regeneration are limited.
To help boost the population of this rare species, Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) China programme and the Guangxi Institute of Botany provided training to technical staff from Yuanbaoshan National Nature Reserve and helped them secure funding from the Flagship Species Fund in 2012.
With additional support from Save Our Species (SOS) in 2014 and 2015, FFI will also be supporting Yuanbaoshan National Nature Reserve to help them improve protection and habitat management for the species and increase numbers by more than 10%, by planting at least 100 seedlings in the forest.