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Taxodium distichum (Swamp cypress, Bald cypress)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Gymnospermae > Coniferophyta > Cupressaceae

Taxodium distichum (Swamp cypress, Bald cypress), Company Gardens, Cape Town. [photos H. Robertson, Iziko ]

A large tree native to the USA, Mexico and Guatemala. Cultivated as an ornamental tree in southern Africa. Within its native distribution, it is usually found in swampy conditions but under cultivation it is also able to thrive in well-drained soils. It is called the Bald cypress because it is deciduous, loosing its leaves in winter. The genus was formerly placed in the Taxodiaceae.

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