We look forward to greeting you at the XIX International Botanical Congress in 2017.
FT-18: Hotspots of Plant diversity, Central to Southern Yunnan
Date: July 30-August 06, 2017
This trip will highlight the great plant biodiversity of southwestern China, especially Yunnan Province. With habitats ranging from alpine forests to low elevation tropical forest at elevations ranging from 500 to 4000 m, Yunnan presents huge landscape changes. More than half of all the species of plants in China are in Yunnan. The first station is Kunming. We will visit Xi Shan (West Mountain) as a warm up to the plants of Yunnan. Xi Shan is a small mountain park, but holds around 2000 plant species representing great diversity from broadleaved forests at the bottom to sparse karst vegetation at the top. The second station, Jiaozi Shan north of Kunming, has a warm temperate flora at the bottom to high elevation alpine vegetation at the top. We will pass Rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, and lakes. From Kunming we will fly to Jinghong in southern Yunnan to visit the fourth station, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, which contains around 13,000 plant species. We will visit the collection of tropical plants and especially the plants of ethnic interest, rainforests, and limestone forests. We will also visit the Parashorea forest, which is a typical rainforest south of the garden. Within the forest is a corridor 36 m above the ground attached to trees more than 50 m tall.