Hello botanists and the like,

I was hoping for some assistance identifying a quite striking tree. This particular one is in Commonwealth Park, Canberra, Australia - but it doesn't seem like a native. I'd love to plant a few (probably for my great-grandkids to enjoy) and it seems like it has some fairly unique features that should make it easy to ID for anyone in the know.


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    Now I need the terminology proposal (now active in meta). In last figures you see roots, specialized for respiration. So I would expect that this tree lives in a watery environment, where normal roots are often under water. I doesn't remember the tree genera which such features, nor the specific name of such roots, to search with google. Nov 30, 2017 at 10:28

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This is a bald cypress, also known as swamp cypress, and also known as Taxodium distichum.

It is a magnificent tree, and one of rare deciduous conifers. If you plant this tree, you get some of the feeling of Mississippi river swamps.

Here is a picture that compares Taxodium distichum and Metasequoia glyphostroboides leaves: (you can use it for further confirmation):

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The well known air roots, "cypress knees":

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(all photo credits: Oregon State University)

City planners in my city wanted to build a street over the area with several bald cypresses, however they had to change the project, and the street went around the area!


My guess is either:

  • Taxodium mucronatum or more commonly Mexican Bald Cypress or Mexican Swamp Cypress or Montezuma Bald Cypress; or
  • Taxodium distichum or more commonly Bald Cypress.

There is a very similar tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Refer to this website for details... specifically the last two images:


Taxodium mucronatum - image from plantplaces website

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