Recent Plant Introductions from China
Anthony S. Aiello
Last September I participated in a 3-week plant collecting expedition to Shanxi province, an area of north-central China, west of Beijing. The expedition was sponsored by the Beijing Botanical Garden and included colleagues from the Morton Arboretum, the United States National Arboretum, and the Chicago Botanic Garden. The trip was conducted through NACPEC, the North America China Plant Exploration Consortium, a group of eight organizations that has participated in 11 trips since 1991. The goals of this consortium are to:
- Broaden the genetic pool of known species.
- Extended hardiness and increase vigor.
- Broadened adaptability to difficult microclimates.
- Increase insect and disease resistance.
- Conserve rare and endangered species.
- Select improved horticultural forms.
- Evaluate and introduce appropriate new species.
- Facilitate exchange of information and personnel between Chinese and North American institutions.
NACPEC has visited several areas in China, ranging from Heilongjiang and
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