''Carpinus putoensis'' (Putuo hornbeam, ) is a species of plant
in the family Betulaceae
. It is a small tree, up to tall.
It is endemic
archipelago in China
where it survives as a single tree on Putuo Island
. It is monoecious
, thereby in principle still able to reproduce sexually in the wild.
According to Edward O. Wilson
, this is an example of what conservation biologist
s call "living dead" species.
* Wilson, Edward O. ''The Future of Life''. Vintage Books, New York: 2002. p. 89
Category:Endemic flora of China
Category:Trees of China
Category:Critically endangered plants
Category:Flora of Zhejiang
Category:Taxonomy articles created by Polbot