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Carpinus fangiana (Fang’s hornbeam)

The leaves and fruiting catkins of Fang's hornbeam are larger than those of any other hornbeam.
Catkins of Carpinus fangiana

Catkins of Carpinus fangiana (Photo: Martyn Rix)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Carpinus fangiana Hu

Common name: 

Fang’s hornbeam, monkeytail hornbeam

Conservation status: 

Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Temperate lower montane rain forests on shady slopes.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Fagales
Family: 
Betulaceae
Genus: Carpinus

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.

Synonym: 

Carpinus wilsoniana

Genus: 
Carpinus

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