Qilian Mountains subalpine meadows

WWF Abstract

Many different species of plants and animals live in the rolling alpine meadows of this ecoregion, including willows, sedges, marmots, and gazelles. But oddly enough, one of the species most prized by the people who live here is a fungus called yersa gompu in Tibetan, dongchong xiacao in Chinese, and caterpillar fungus in English. This amazing fungus invades the body of a hibernating caterpillar, eventually killing it and then extending a fruiting stem into the air. The fungus is a very valuable traditional medicine to local people, and the source of much-needed income.
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Biome:Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Area:18,111,999 acres (7,329,666 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER