Wild South Florida — Naturally Wild
 
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The Ultimate Guide to the Outdoors and Environment in Broward, Collier, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.
   
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Bald Cypress
 
 
 

The bald cypress is the bigger of the two types of cypress trees native to Florida (the other being the pond cypress). It also has the bigger range, stretching as far north as New York and as far west as Texas. It can top out at 120 feet or more and have a trunk diameter between three to six feet. It is a conifer, and produces seed-bearing "cones" that are food for a variety of birds, including wild turkeys. It also provides habitat for a wide range of species, and nesting sites for bald eagles, osprey, herons and egrets. It is a slow-growing tree, but its lifespan can be extremely long — into the thousands of years.

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The needles of the bald cypress have a feather-like appearance, while the pond cypress are more thread-like. Both species have root "knees" at their base, although they're more likely to be found on the bald cypress, and likely to be larger than on the pond. Both the bald and pond lose their needles in winter. The scientific name for the bald cypress: Taxodium distichum. By the way, those white spots on the picture at left are galls created when the cypress twig gall midge lays its eggs.

 
 
       
 
 
 
         
bald cypress distribution in florida
  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) distribution maps for bald cypress.  
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Links for Bald Cypress
Institute for Regional Conservation Natives for Your Neighborhood Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants USDA PLANTS Database Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
  Flora of North America     Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
 
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