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By Li Yingqing in Kunming and Jin Haixing in Beijing | China Daily | Updated:2013-03-21 06:54A gardener checks the flowers of a Chinese manglietiastrum, a rare tree, at Kunming Botanical Garden in Yunnan province on Tuesday. HUANG RONGHUA / FOR CHINA DAILYA rare tree in Southwest Chinas Yunnan province has bloomed for the first time since it was transferred to a botanical garden 30 years ago.
The tree, a 13-meter-high Chinese manglietiastrum, was transplanted for conservation in 1983 from Xichou county to Kunming Botanical Garden in Kunming, Yunnans capital.
Experts say the blossom shows that the experiment has succeeded, and the method may be used to protect more rare plants that are in danger of extinction in Yunnan.
The Chinese manglietiastrum, a member of the Magnoliaceae family, is a genus unique to China. It is found only in Xichou, Maguan and Jinping counties in the southeastern area of Yunnan.
Until now, only 37 of the trees have been discovered in fields, and it was listed as a national key protected wild plant in 1999.In 2011, it was placed on the World Conservation Unions Red List.
The tree can be saved from extinction only by artificial breeding because it rarely propagates in the wild.Since 2007, several organizations launched campaigns to preserve the Chinese manglietiastrum. They include the Chinese Academy of Sciences Kunming Institute of Botany and the Yunnan Academy of Forestry.Contact the writers at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.orgRelated StoriesConiferous trees ‘better able to help decrease PM2.5 levelsBeijing plans to plant more trees in 2013Planting trees across ChinaBeijing encourages public to adopt ancient treesTree planting campaign deemed successTree Planting Day promoted nationwideBeijing encourages public to plant treesTree hole art a treat for passers-byYoungsters at a loss over family treesPhoto23 giant panda cubs send Lunar New Year wishes in SW ChinaA police dogs last missionHow luggage has transformed through the years during Spring FestivalTen photos from around China: Jan 13 – 19X-ray scanner reveals passangers luggage for home journey during Spring FestivalOverturned modern house opens in ChangshaLatestDiscipline inspection rules published to improve self-supervisionNW Chinas Qinghai province elects new governorChina expects record number of travelers for Spring FestivalBeijing elects first supervisory commission chiefChina observes 100th birthday of renowned medical scientist Wu JiepingState Council NewsPremier urges more autonomy for universitiesPremier hosts 6th plenary meeting of State CouncilExclusiveAIDS, a disease that can be stoppedHigh-speed, high-tech: Alleviating travelers during Spring Festival travel rushChunyun: The largest human migration in the worldEditors picksTrain tickets to Hainan hardest to purchaseThe cafe where love is the main ingredientTen photos you dont wanna missTen photos from around China: Jan 13 – 19SpecialSpring Festival travel rushDiscovering FujianBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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