Korea National Parks

Flagship Species

  • Lycoris chinensis var. sinuolata   
  • : Listed in CITES Appendix II. Korean Endemic Plant.

  • - Habitat :

    Low altitude regions alongside a stream in Naejangsan Mountain, Seonunsan Mountain, and Bulgapsan Mountain.

  • - Shape Characteristics :

    It’s also called ‘Sangsa-haw’ (Analogy-flower) in Korean because the leaves and flowers can’t be seen at the same time. Its leaves grow from the end of February to May, while flowers bloom from the end of July to early August. It has dark yellow flowers.

  • - Ecological Characteristics :

    Perennial. It’s a rare plant species that only grows in a limited number of regions.

  • Chrysochroa fulgidissima   
  • : Listed in CITES Appendix II

  • - Habitat : South Korea. Thick forests.
  • - Shape Characteristics :

    It has a body length of 25~40mm with a highly glossy surface. Its head is concaved in the middle, and it has dark brown compound eyes.

  • - Ecological Characteristics :

    Adult jewel beetles can be seen from July to September. Larvae live inside a rotten nettle or zelkova tree. According to a research on Japanese jewel beetle, jewel beetles cannot survive in sub-zero temperature. They’re only seen in warm, southern regions of Korea. These beetles are very rare, and they only live in a very small number of regions.