National Botanic Garden of Belgium


Bald cypress

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Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), also known as swamp cypress, is a large tree from swamps, ponds and river-banks of the South Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains and Mississippi Valley. Its fine feathery foliage, of the tenderest green in spring, and dying off to a rich brown in autumn, has nothing similar to it in the whole range of hardy trees. The 'knees' produced by the roots of the bald cypress are often known as pneumatophores. This specimen measures 461 cm in girth and the largest 'knee' is 132 cm high and has a girth of 142 cm at his base (2001).

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