Taxodium distichum, The Life and Love of Trees, Art Wolfe

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South Carolina
Species: Taxodium distichum
Photographer: Art Wolfe
The base of this bald cypress grove in South Carolina, United States, shows the strongly buttressed roots that connect to a broad root mat that helps the trees stay upright in the soft ground. The seeds of the tree are dispersed by animals, but they have also adapted to cope with floating across water to new sites.

From The Life & Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell. Image © Art Wolfe