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CYPRESS. One of the most durable of all woods,
cypress resists insects and chemical corrosion as well as decay and has a smell resembling
that of cedar. Cypress products include coffins, acid tanks, docks, pilings,
poles, and railroad ties. Today cypress trees are often grown as ornamentals.
CYPRESS, SY-pruhs, is any one of a group of tall evergreen
trees that grow in North America, Europe, and Asia. There are about 13 species or kinds,
six of which grow naturally in southwestern United States. The trees adapt themselves
readily to warm climates, and gardeners often use them as ornamentals.
(Gen 6:14 New International Version) "So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out."
(Quoted from the Bible, Genesis 6:14 New International Version)
BALD CYPRESS-The bald cypress, Taxodium distichum, is an attractive coniferous tree of the southeastern United States. It grows mainly in swampy areas, sometimes reaching a height of 45 m (150 ft). Not a true cypress, the tree is deciduous, shedding its needlelike leaves and short branches in winter--hence its name. It is noted for its long life; trees as old as 1,200 years have been reported. When it stands in water, unique structures called "knees" (conical outgrowths of lateral roots) develop and usually project above the water. Bald cypress wood is decay-resistant and is valued for construction and siding. The taller Montezuma, or Mexican, cypress, T. mucronatum, of Mexico is not deciduous, although it may be so in cooler regions. These two species are all that remain of a genus that was widely distributed a few million years ago. They are members of the redwood family, Taxodiaceae.
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bald cypressn. 1. A deciduous, coniferous tree (Taxodium distichum) native to the swamps and streamsides of the southeast United States, having alternate, awl-shaped leaves, globose cones, and sometimes aerial root knees. 2. The decay-resistant wood of this plant, used in construction and boat building.
(American Heritage Dictionary)
Cypress (tree), common name for several coniferous trees and
shrubs of the genus Cupressus and allied genera of the family Cupressaceae. The common
cypress, C. sempervirens, native to the Mediterranean region, is a symmetrical evergreen
that resembles some poplars and often reaches a height of more than 27 m (about 90 ft). It
has a close-grained yellow or reddish wood, so resinous that it resists rotting even after
prolonged submersion in water. The Monterey cypress, C. macrocarpa, is an even
larger tree found on the Pacific coast in California. It sometimes grows as tall as 46 m
(about 150 ft), with a base trunk circumference of 3 m (10 ft). This cypress is normally
symmetrical but is often distorted into fantastic shapes by the action of the winds.
Another true cypress is the cedar of Goa, or Portugal cedar, C. lusitanica, which is often
planted in the United States for the decorative effect of its spreading branches.
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