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How Many Plants that Bear the Name of Taroko Do You Know? Taroko National Park Headquarters: Nearly 90% are Endemic to Taiwan

According to a study conducted by Professor Chen Tien-Tsai of Tzu Chi University, there are 63 species of plants named after places and mountains in the Taroko National Park, of which as many as 56 species are endemic to Taiwan. Out of these, 23 species are endemic to Taroko and 14 species are native to Taroko National Park (more than half).

The Taroko National Park is the breeding ground and shelter for these precious plants. The terrain in the park is complex, ranging from high mountains to deep valleys. The climate also varies greatly from subtropical at low altitudes to subarctic in the high mountains. The limestone landscape is also a special feature of this environment.

The gorges and high mountains of Taroko form a natural barrier, so many plants have evolved over a long period of time in a small area, gradually evolving into plants unique to Taroko, such as the Taroko sedum (Sedum tarokoense H.W.Lin & J.C.Wang) and the Taroko barberry (Berberis tarokoensis Lu & Yang) in the Taroko Gorge, and the Nanhu willowherb (Epilobium nankotaizanense) in Nanhu Mountain.

The gorges and high mountains of Taroko form a natural barrier, so many plants have evolved over a long period of time in a small area, gradually evolving into plants unique to Taroko.
The gorges and high mountains of Taroko form a natural barrier, so many plants have evolved over a long period of time in a small area, gradually evolving into plants unique to Taroko.
Taroko sedum (Sedum tarokoense H.W.Lin & J.C.Wang)
Taroko sedum (Sedum tarokoense H.W.Lin & J.C.Wang)
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