Spring Break 2018: Pond Cypress

Taxodium ascendens, the Pond cypress;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).
Series: Spring Break 2018.

Big Cypress National Preserve is appropriately named. The region is, in fact, rather big, and there’s certainly no shortage of cypress throughout. Of course, Pond cypress, Taxodium ascendens, isn’t quite as thick or massive as Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), but still… cypress makes for some awesome landscaping in south Florida.

In parts of the Everglades system (which includes the Big Cypress National Preserve region), Pond cypress can be rather stunted in its growth. In such areas, namely the wet savannas where nutrients are somewhat sparse, Pond cypress is more commonly referred to as Dwarf cypress due to its shortish stature. The cypress featured here, however, aren’t quite as stunted as other cypress clusters you’ll find throughout the Everglades system.

Taxodium ascendens, 15 March 2018 (1).jpg

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