Biodiversity & Conservation

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 304–326

A preliminary world list of threatened conifer taxa

  • Aljos Farjon 
  • Christopher N. Page
  • Nico Schellevis

DOI: 10.1007/BF00056675

Cite this article as:
Aljos, F., Page, C.N. & Schellevis, N. Biodivers Conserv (1993) 2: 304. doi:10.1007/BF00056675

Conifers (the fast-growing ‘softwoods’ of the world) occur as the dominant plants of most temperate rainforest communities. Almost all are tall forest trees, whose high commercial value creates conservation vulnerability for many local species in our increasingly resource-hungry world. Counting species, of an estimated 600 world total 362 would fall into this category and consequently appear on this list. This paper provides a preliminary analytical world census list of 416 conifer taxa (species, subspecies and varieties) considered to be of conservation concern.


conifers taxa conservation IUCN Red Data Book categories 

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© Chapman & Hall 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aljos Farjon 
    • 1
  • Christopher N. Page
    • 2
  • Nico Schellevis
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Systematic BotanyUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Royal Botanic GardenEdinburghUK
  3. 3.Pinetum BlijdensteinUniversity of AmsterdamHilmersumThe Netherlands