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Pond Cypress
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Pond cypress, photographed at Green Cay Nature Center, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, in
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The pond cypress, scientifically known as taxodium ascendens, is the cypress tree most associated with the Everglades. It doesn't grow as tall as its cousin, the bald cypress, and it doesn't have nearly the same range. A map will show that it can be found throughout the southeast as far west as Louisiana and as north as Delaware, it's actual range is much narrower, following the Gulf and Atlantic coasts and along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. In other words, near water. It has thread-like needles and is less likely to have root "knees" than the bald. Like the bald, it drops its needles in the winter.


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Photographs by David Sedore
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