Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1488

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont)

Look for it in brownwater & blackwater swamps, usually in riverine situations. Also, this species is sometimes planted as an ornamental in upland sites within and beyond its natural range, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous conifer
Alternate

"FLOWER":
Spring

FRUIT:
Fall

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Gymnosperms (non-flowering plants): Conifers: Cupressales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Taxodium distichum   FAMILY Cupressaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Taxodium distichum   FAMILY Cupressaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 017-01-001:
Taxodium distichum   FAMILY Taxodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Taxodium distichum var. distichum

 

COMMON NAME:
Bald Cypress


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JK Marlow    jkm0402d_23

February    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

Knees are more narrowly conical & sharp-pointed than knees of pond cypress, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE conifers (not including Pines)

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JK Marlow    jkm0402d_32

February    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

Bark brown, fibrous or shreddy on young trunks, thickening with age, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm090221_003

February    Richland County    SC

Congaree National Park

Pollen cones produced in elongated, drooping catkins 3-5" long, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Mark A. Musselman    mam_cypress062906

June    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

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Mark A. Musselman    mam_youngoldcypres062906

June    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm140816_668

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

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Mark A. Musselman    mam_knee081309a

August    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

Knees to 2m tall, usually narrowly conical, w thinner bark over reddish tip, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Paul Thompson    psttaxodium_distichum

September?        

Leaves in two ranks on deciduous branchlets. — Clemson Extension

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Mark A. Musselman    mam_1000yrtree111606f

November    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

Thousand-year-old tree at Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

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JK Marlow    s071108_f

November    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Leaves are linear, flat, and 2-ranked, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtdistichum_biedler

Month Unknown        SC

The deciduous side twigs mostly featherlike, with flat spreading needles, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Taxodium species

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtdistichum_lakmarion1

Month Unknown        SC

Lake Marion

Mature seed cones nearly round, 3/4-1" in diameter, opening at maturity, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtdistichum_lakmarion4

Month Unknown        SC

Lake Marion

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtdistichum_oldg

Month Unknown