Carpinus fangiana (Fang’s hornbeam)
Catkins of Carpinus fangiana (Photo: Martyn Rix)
Carpinus fangiana Hu
Fang’s hornbeam, monkeytail hornbeam
Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Temperate lower montane rain forests on shady slopes.
About this species
Carpinus fangiana is a rare hornbeam from western China, with large, elegant leaves and long, green catkins. It normally forms a large shrub, but when conditions are sufficiently warm and humid it can grow to a large tree up to 20 m tall.
It is named after Fang Wen-Pei (1899–1983), a Chinese botanist and expert on the trees of Sichuan, who first collected this species near Nanchuan Xian, in southeastern Sichuan, near Chongqing.