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Bald Cypress trees

Taxodium distichum


Louisiana designated the bald cypress their official state tree in 1963. A majestic tree that grows in many parts of Louisiana, particularly in swampy areas. All around the swamp, you can see their knees that form with age. They prefer wet, swampy soils. Cypress wood is very resistant to decay and the wood is considered valuable for a variety of products.


These majestic bald cypress trees were found in the swamp at Palmetto State park in Abbeville, Louisiana. The swamp and their trees with the many knees were absolutely beautiful.

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2 Comments 6 years ago

Thanks for the comments Neil. I agree EnvUnlimited that a cypress swamp is awesome. This is the second swamp I've visited and just enjoy the quiet beauty, even though there were 3 feral hogs in this swamp nosing around the vegetation.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

I didn't know about the cypress knees until I found some myself. I had no idea what they were, but since then have discovered that Australia also has 14 native cypress species. Now I see them everywhere. This is a great spotting, Mary, and the photo series is quite stunning. Good info too :-)
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Abbeville, Louisiana, USA

Spotted on Feb 10, 2014
Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

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