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Wuling Mountains Act as Corridor for Woody Species Exchange

May 10, 2022

Wuling Mountains are a series of mountains with high habitat complexity and species diversity, connecting not only the northern subtropics to the mid-subtropics, but also the floras of Eastern and South-Western China. However, previous studies were limited to certain families or genera examination, the distributions of all woody plant species were not analyzed.

Using detailed distribution data for woody plant species in China, researchers from the Wuhan Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Peking University have quantitatively evaluated spatial patterns in diversity in Wuling Mountains and the adjacent regions (a total of 820,000 km2) to provide an overview of inter-regional species relationships.

The study area was divided into six regions based on community compositions, including three mountainous regions (Wuling Mountains Region, Qinling-Dabashan Mountains Region and Nanling-Xuefengshan Mountains Region), one plain (Yangtze Plain Region), one