The Gymnosperm Database


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Amentotaxus assamica

D.K. Ferguson 1985

Common names

Taxonomic notes

No synonyms (Farjon 1998). Fu et al. (1999) note that it is extremely similar to Amentotaxus argotaenia.


A shrub, generally very similar to A. argotaenia in appearance but has leaves without sclereids, the adaxial surface smooth or with only longitudinal striations (due to shrinkage) when dry (Fu et al. 1999).

Distribution and Ecology

The species was described from China: SE Xizang (Tibet), where it occurs in temperate rainforests on steep, north-facing slopes, associated with species of Magnolia, Quercus, Rhododendron, etc. (Fu et al. 1999). Farjon (1998) identifies it as occurring in India: Arunachal Pradesh.

Hardy to Zone 9 (cold hardiness limit between -6.6°C and -1.1°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001).

The IUCN reports that as of 1998, this taxon is "vulnerable," facing a high risk of extinction in the wild due to habitat loss. This assessment needs to be updated.

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Ferguson, D.K. 1985. A new species of Amentotaxus (Taxaceae) from North Eastern India. Kew Bulletin 40(1):115-119.

See also

The species account at Threatened Conifers of the World.

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