Pinus luchuensis

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Pinus luchuensis
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A lone P. luchuensis, growing on Chichi-jima Island
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Pinaceae
Genus: Pinus
Species: P. luchuensis
Binomial name
Pinus luchuensis
Mayr [2]
  • Pinus luchuensis subsp. hwangshanensis (W.Y.Hsia) D.Z.Li
  • P. l. var. hwangshanensis (W.Y.Hsia) C.L.Wu
  • P. l. var. shenkanensis Silba
  • P. l. subsp. taiwanensis (Hayata) D.Z.Li

Pinus luchuensis, commonly called Luchu pine[2] or Okinawa pine,[2] is a species of conifer in the Pinaceae family endemic to, and locally abundant in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan.[1][2] It was once threatened by habitat loss in the wild, where it can be found growing in small stands near windy ocean shores.[1] Having been harvested widely since the Second World War, the remaining stands are no longer commercially viable,[1] except when cultivated for ornamental use.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Farjon, A. (2013). "Pinus luchuensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e  Pinus luchuensis was originally described and published in Botanisches Centralblatt 58: 149. 1894. GRIN (September 30, 2008). "Pinus luchuensis information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pinus luchuensis Mayr". The Plant List; Version 1. (published on the internet). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden. 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2011.