Rare trees spotted in Xianju

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-04-13

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Bretschneidera sinensis is found in Xianju National Park, Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/WeChat account:meilitaizhou_] 

Bretschneidera sinensis was recently discovered in Xianju National Park, Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province. 

Bretschneidera sinensis, the sole species in genus Bretschneidera, is a rare, 10–20-meter-tall tree with large inflorescences. 

In China, the tree has been listed as a grade-one wild plant under state protection. Due to its rarity, it has been dubbed the "giant panda" of the plant kingdom. 

This is the first time Bretschneidera sinensis has been discovered in Taizhou. 

The plant has also been found in other cities in Zhejiang, including Lishui and Quzhou.

Xianju National Park spans four towns in Xianju and covers a total area of 302 square kilometers, encompassing Xianju National Scenic Area, Xianju National Forest Park, Shenxianju National Geological Park, and Kuocang Mountain Provincial Nature Reserve. 

The park has been dubbed a "gene bank of species" and "natural museum" in Zhejiang province due to its rich biodiversity.