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Ecological Civilization Forum of COP15 opens in Kunming

China officially designates first group of national parks

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the official designation of the country’s first group of national parks while addressing the leaders’ summit of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) via video link on Tuesday.

Seed bank provides a safe home for wildlife species

As the only comprehensive preservation facility for the storage of wildlife germplasm resources in China, the Germplasm Bank of Wild Species in Southwest China, a wildlife seed bank located in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, has preserved 85,046 samples of seeds of 10,601 species, accounting for 36 percent of the total number of flowering plant species found in China.

Photo shows the Hoya lancilimba. (Photo/Liao Qinchang)

Visit Longling Xiaoheishan Provincial Nature Reserve where 11 Hoya species are found

The inclusion of the Hoya gaoligongensis, a new species of Apocynaceae, into the recently published white paper on biodiversity conservation in China and the intensive media coverage of the species has drawn public attention to the plant recently. As a matter of fact, there are 11 Hoya species that inhabit the Longling Xiaoheishan Provincial Nature Reserve, located in the southern region of Gaoligong Mountains, southwest China’s Yunnan province.…

Wild Taxus chinensis over 500 years old spotted in Yunnan, SW China

(Photo/Courtesy of the media convergence center of Changning county) Recently, a wild Taxus chinensis over 500 years old has been discovered at a nature reserve in Changning county, Baoshan city in southwest China's Yunnan Province. It is the largest and oldest wild Taxus chinensis that has ever been found in the region.…

Rattlesnake plantain boasting the world's smallest seeds sighted in Yunnan, SW China

(Photo/People's Daily Online) A rattlesnake plantain, boasting the smallest seeds in the plant kingdom, revealed its blossoms deep inside the mountains at the Nangunhe National Nature Reserve in southwest China's Yunnan Province in September. The photographer described the plant as having erect flower stems covered with tiny hairs.…

In pics: world’s best preserved ancient tea forest in SW China’s Yunnan

Photo of a traditional ethnic-minority village in the Jingmai Mountain Ancient Tea Forest, southwest China's Yunnan Province. (People's Daily Online/Hu Zunhui) The World Heritage application for the cultural landscape of the Jingmai Mountain Ancient Tea Forest in southwest China's Yunnan Province officially got underway in June 2010.…

Photo shows blooming magnolia flowers in Changning county, southwest China's Yunnan province. (Photo/Wu Zaizhong)

Discovering Yunnan's eight best-known beautiful flowers: Magnolia

With its generous sunshine and abundant rainfall, southwest China's Yunnan Province is endowed with rich varieties of precious flowers and plants, being home to more than 2,100 decorative plants, among which at least 1,500 are flowering plants. Camellia, magnolia, lily, azalea, fairy primrose, orchid, herba meconopsis, and radix gentianae are eight of the best-known flowers in Yunnan.…

China’s first artificially-bred loris baby born in Yunnan

Recently, a baby loris was born at a wild animal rescue center in Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province. It is reported to be China's first loris baby that was given birth to in an artificially-bred environment.…

A glimpse of bioluminescent mushrooms in Yunnan

Rare bioluminescent mushrooms emit a greenish fluorescence at night at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Yunnan Province. (Photo/Xinhua) Can mushrooms glow in the dark? Yes, it's true! Such a dreamy and magical scene just appeared at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, southwest China's Yunnan Province.…

Photo shows Qiaojia five-needled pines in the wild. (Photo/Yan Keren)

Population of critically endangered pine trees undergoes significant growth in SW China’s Yunnan

The number of Qiaojia five-needled pines, a national first-class protected plant endemic to Qiaojia county in southwest China’s Yunnan province, has significantly increased, according to a nature reserve in the county. When the species was first discovered in 1990 in the county, there were only 34 individual plants accounted for in the wild, said the management bureau of the Yunnan Yaoshan National Nature Reserve.…

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