13 responses to “Abies delavayi”

  1. Danae Yurgel

    Perfect example of “in beauty, science; in science, beauty” 🙂
    Every day I view the botany photo I am reminded of the song “What a Wonderful World” … and the bright, blessed days and the dark sacred, nights … (“and I think to myself, what a wonderful world”).
    What a wonderful reminder these photos are of the wonderful world we inhabit.
    Thank you so much.
    Safe travels.

  2. Brynn Allen

    I am so thankful for this daily injection of plant knowledge, botanical verbiage and wonderful responses. The daily news is so dreadful and then I click this link to view plants that have been growing for centuries and feel a sense of calm that Mother Earth is in charge.
    Have a wonderful trip Daniel.

  3. Laurel Slaney

    I love it when you guys have a puzzle to solve except that you always solve them.

  4. LOUISE SNELL

    Another amazing photograph. Thank you. Hope you might have a chance to view the equinox from somewhere. Have a great trip.

  5. Stephen Lamphear

    Looks very much like the Abies koreana from my garden

  6. Therese Romer

    Great posting, great comments, what a wonderful world indeed, and what wonderful sharing around botany and around the world. Thank you for making it possible Daniel.
    Bon voyage !

  7. Isobel R

    Thanks so much for your postings, Daniel! Helps to keep me grounded and to keep marveling at the plant world around us. Looking forward to seeing your posts when you return. Happy travels!

  8. Dennis W Woodland

    Perhaps sending to Aljos Feron at Kew Gardens will confirm. He may have seen the species in the wild. A nice photo.

    All the best. Dennis W. Woodland

  9. MC O'Brien

    Daniel, Thank you for the time and effort you put into these postings. You have a fan club in the SE US, too, and we love sharing your information, and the wonderful photos, with students and friends. Your splashes make large waves, and we look forward to seeing what waters you will dabble in next. Have a great trip.

  10. Pat Collins

    According to the IUCN Red List the native areas for Abies delavayi are “SW China: W Yunnan, SE Xizang [Tibet]; NE India: Arunachal Pradesh; N Myanmar; Viet Nam (Fan Si Pan Mtn.)”. A delavayi var. motuoensis range: SE Xizang [Tibet] (Motuo), China, and Arunachal Pradesh in India. “This variety has a vast population.” They use as reference Farjon, A. 2010. A Handbook of the World’s Conifers. Koninklijke Brill, Leiden.
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/42277/0
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/191554/0
    Least Concern for the species and var. delavayi & motuoensis, in case anyone was worried. Near Threatened: var. nukiangensis, Critically Endangered: ssp. fansipanensis.

    Arunachal Pradesh and SE Tibet both border directly on Bhutan and N Myanmar, N Myanmar borders on W Yunnan and the Si Fan Mountains are near the border of Vietnam and Yunnan. Bhutan does not seem like a stretch for an outlying population of A. delavayi var. motuoensis, especially if someone believed the books over the evidence of their eyes when classifying this specimen. A, delavayi var. delavayi is more eastern.

    Frank Kingdon Ward reported in 1940 that “The Manda La is a long cross-ridge about 10,000 feet high. It is covered with forests of silver fir (Abies Delavayi) and tree rhododendron (R. Falconeri). From the north end of the ridge I had a glimpse of the snow-covered mountains of the Bhutan frontier to the west.” in “Botanical and geographical exploration in the Assam Himalaya” The Geographical Journal 1940 (XCVI: 1) 4. The Manda La is in Arunachal Pradesh. The town he mentions as directly below the Manda La, Dirang, is only 8 miles from the Bhutan border, as the crow flies, 51 miles by road. His route from Shergaon to Dirang more or less paralleled the border.

    A specimen of Abies delavayi var. motuoensis is said to come from Tawang, now in Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh, about 30 miles northwest of Dirang and about 6 miles from the Bhutan border. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/12886257#page/16/mode/1up

    According to Tropicos the type specimen for the variety came from Motuozhen in Tibet about 11 miles from the border of the eastern end of Arunachal Pradesh. Another distribution has this variety also collected about 370 miles northwest of Tawang by Lake Urru in central Tibet. If your specimen was from Bhutan it might well be from this variety. Is that a densely pubescent branchlet I see in the background?

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