Metasequoia Miki

Greek meta - after, sequoia; referring to the close relationship of these trees.

A large, conical, deciduous tree. Trunk tapering from a buttressed base on old specimens. Bark initially red-brown but paling with age and peeling in thin strips. Branches ascending. Branchlets of 2 kinds; persistent, with short-stalked vegetative buds and few leaves; deciduous, opposite, with the leaves arranged in 2 ranks, flattened, feathery, c. 1.5 cm long, linear and slightly curved, turning yellow to red-brown in autumn before being shed together as a complete spray. Male cones cylindric, each c. 3 mm long arranged on drooping catkins. Female cones c. 2.5 cm wide, terminal, solitary and pendulous on short branchlets, ripening in the first year and consisting of c. 20-30 paired woody scales each with 5-8 seeds. Seed c. 5 mm long with two broad wings.

Closely related to Taxodium and Glyptostrobus but with leaves, deciduous shoots and cone scales in opposite pairs. For description see species.

1 species from China.

Seed and semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings.

Leaves in opposite, feathery sprays.

Merrill (1948), Wyman (1968), Shiu Ying Lu. (1980), Bartholomew et al. (1983), Hsueh (1991).

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Taxodiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Pinopsida
order     Pinales
family      Cupressaceae
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