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Love the fact that although the growth of the Cypress Knees is very slow, we enjoy seeing them at the base of my Mom's Cypress trees up at her lake house, here in Florida.
The Growth of the Very Old Cypress
Geologists believe cypress trees have been present in southwest Florida for just over 5,000 years and for around 6,500 years in the far northern region of the state. Some of the old-growth giants still present in the Corkscrew Swamp are over 500 years old and represent only the seventh or eighth generation of cypress located in this region (Ripple 1992).
I had always thought the knees were like anchors, keeping the tree steady in a wet, unstable environment. That may be true, but I learned at Francis Beidler Forest that no one really knows the function of cypress knees. They may be anchors, or they may be snorkels -- providing gas exchange to oxygenate the underwater roots. Although the growth is very slow. Also possible is some role in the storage of starches -- sort of a root bank. Whatever they do, they do it with style.
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mostly wise men with lots of character in their faces!
Monday, I will be posting about our Son, Kevin