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The Taxodiaceae was at one time regarded as a distinct plant family comprising the following ten genera of coniferous trees:

However, recent research has shown that the Taxodiaceae, with the single exception of Sciadopitys, should be merged into the Family Cupressaceae. There are no consistent characters by which they can be separated, and genetic evidence demonstrates close relationships; this merging now becoming widely accepted.

The one exception, the genus Sciadopitys, is genetically very distinct from all other conifers, and now treated in a family of its own, Sciadopityaceae.

References and External links

  • Gymnosperm Database - Cupressaceae (http://www.botanik.uni-bonn.de/conifers/cu/index.htm)
  • Gymnosperm Database - Sciadopityaceae (http://www.botanik.uni-bonn.de/conifers/sc/index.htm)

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The Redwood Family (955 words)
All of these trees are members of the Taxodiaceae family, and each one is the sole species in its respective genus.
This tree exibits some of the characteristics of coast redwood such as prolific root sprouts at the base of the tree and sprouts from injured areas, such as where the base of the tree is scrapped with a lawnmower.
All genera within the Taxodiaceae family are evergreen with the exceptions of Glyptostrobus, Metasequoia, and Taxodium.
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