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Swamp Cypress

Popular name: Swamp cypress or bald cypress
Scientific name: Taxodium distichum

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Cipreste-do-brejo Inhotim
The cypress right next to Galeria True Rouge. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.
Cipreste-do-brejo Inhotim
The resistance of its wood is highly appreciated. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.

Its 40 meters high, the pyramidal crown, and its cinnamon hue during fall make this cypress one of the botanical highlights of Inhotim. It lives well in flooded areas (thence its popular name) and its roots grow outside of the surface, helping it breathe.

The wood can reach different hues, going from rosy to red-yellowish, and is soft, light, and lasting. Essential oils are also extracted from the leaves and the bark.

Cipreste-do-brejo Inhotim
One pneumatophore (breathing roots) of the bald cypress growing above the ground to be in contact with air. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.
Cipreste-do-brejo Inhotim
The leaves of the bald cypress fall early in the winter, but before that, they show a ferrous color. During spring, the tree sprouts and becomes green again. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.


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