''Carpinus putoensis'' (Putuo hornbeam, ) is a species of plant in the family Betulaceae. It is a small tree, up to tall. It is endemic to Zhoushan 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 biologists call "living dead" species.


Further reading

* 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 putoensis Category:Flora of Zhejiang Category:Endlings Category:Taxonomy articles created by Polbot {{Fagales-stub