Taxodium mucronatum

Taxodium mucronatum next to the pond area
Taxodium mucronatum next to the pond area

Taxodium mucronatum

(Taxodiaceae)

“Mexican Cypress.” “Montezuma Cypress.” 

Mexico and Guatemala.

MAP LOCATION: 56

Taxodiums generally thrive in wet or swampy conditions, and indeed this species is related to the “Swamp” or “Bald Cypress” T.distichum. The difference ? The Swamp Cypress is a deciduous tree which flowers in Spring. The Mexican Cypress here is an evergreen or semi-evergreen tree which flowers in Autumn. Generally large growing to 40m or more, and long lived. These trees develop modified aerial roots in swampy conditions -“cypress kness”- which are cylindrical or oval projections.

The visitor can find at least a dozen specimens around an attractive pond area towards the western end of the Parque, though I have seen quotes of up to 30 at some point in the area.

 

View towards the pond area, Parque de Malaga.
View towards the pond area, Parque de Malaga.

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Beautiful pond area with statues, weeping Taxodium trees, and (probably) the Malaga No.37 bus in the background....
Beautiful pond area with statues, weeping Taxodium trees, and (probably) the Malaga No.37 bus in the background….

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