Biodiv Sci ›› 2011, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (1): 57-62.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2011.06133

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Assessment of threaten status on the Wild Plants Under State Protection in China

Yinbo Zhang1,*(), Hu Yuan2, Mei Yu2   

  1. 1 College of Environmental Science and Resources, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006
    2 State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093
  • Received:2010-05-17 Accepted:2011-01-12 Online:2011-01-20 Published:2011-04-01
  • Contact: Yinbo Zhang


Endangered species threaten status assessment is an important basis for determining protection priorities and establishing conservation strategies, and it has become a key step in biodiversity conservation. We used IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria to assess threaten status of the Wild Plants Under State Protection in China. The results indicated that 2 of these species were assessed as Extinct (EX), 3 species as Extinct in Wild (EW), 310 species as Critically Endangered (CR), 638 species as Endangered (EN), 911 species as Vulnerable (VU), 117 species as Near Threatened (NT), 162 species as Least Concern (LC), and 34 species as Data Deficient (DD). Our assessment highlighted discrepancies between IUCN categories and the corresponding protection categories used in the List of Wild Plants Under State Protection, thus indicating that threaten status might not be the sole criterion assessed when determining and assigning protection categories. Our study provides a scientific reference for the establishment of a threaten status hierarchy and the protection of endangered plants.

Key words: list of wild plants under state protection, IUCN Red List, assessment/comparison of threaten status