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An individual instance of Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwood)
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This tree is the last in the row of tall conifers in front of the Divinity School towards the end nearest the library.

Dawn redwood has needles in two rows along the twig.  Male and female cones occur on the same branch.  The mature female cones are small and woody.

Like ginkgo, dawn redwood is a species that was thought to be extinct until it was discovered in Chinese botanists in China 1944.  It is a "living fossil" closely related to the giant redwoods of California.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-985.

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Hu & W.C. Cheng

sec. Kershner Mathews et al. 2008

common name: dawn redwood
family: Cupressaceae
Identified 2003-03-03 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14607°, -86.80078°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree - general
whole tree - general
whole tree - view up trunk
bark - of a large tree
twig - unspecified
twig - after fallen needles
twig - showing attachment of needles
leaf - entire needle
leaf - showing orientation on twig
leaf - showing orientation on twig

Kershner Mathews et al. 2008 =

Kershner, Bruce, Daniel Mathews, Gil Nelson, and Richard Spellenberg, 2008. National Wildlife Federation field guide to the trees of North America. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York, NY, US.

Metadata last modified: 2019-10-16T22:24:42.018-05:00
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