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Southern Yunling Mountains Series Ep. 2: Can the 'winged' fruits date?


 , Updated 19:29, 16-Jan-2024

Cangshan Mountain in northwest Yunnan Province boasts rich biodiversity. On the western slope of Cangshan, the Yangbi River flows through the valley of Malutang Village. It is home to a maple-like plant species. About two decades ago, scientists identified five individuals and named them the "acer yangbiense." The species was once a critically-endangered species. Teetering on the brink of extinction, the "wings" attached to its fruit have evolved to embrace the wind upon reaching maturity. However, the species hides deep in the valley. The "winged" fruits need to travel quite a long distance, so the pollination is far from satisfactory, pushing it toward extinction. What is the fate of this plant? Check the video to find out.

About 'Journeys in Nature: Southern Yunling Mountains Series'

Cangshan Mountain and the Yuanjiang River Valley in southwest China's Yunnan Province boast rich biodiversity and have distinct flora and fauna. From the tree species that emerged about 60 million years ago high on the precipices to the spurge family in the dry-hot river valley savanna, you can meet diverse wildlife in amazing southern Yunling Mountains. 

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CGTN Nature to release 'Journeys in Nature: Southern Yunling Mountains Series'

Southern Yunling Mountains Series Ep. 1: Delavay's firs

(Cover image a video screenshot; video by CGTN Nature film crew)

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