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Taxodium distichum

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    Baldcypress: King of the Swamp

    By James R. Fazio | September 5, 2017

    Taxodium distichum Nowhere is a tree species so intertwined with a place as the baldcypress is with swamps. Beginning with the art and literature of early America, images of baldcypress trees have been used to portray mystery and melancholy in the watery lowlands. Native to the east coast, the first reference to the species was made in 1640. The trees, and the places they grow, inspired feelings of dread and loneliness. John Muir, in his Thousand-Mile Walk, lamented, “I am…

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