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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:31 pm    Post subject: Trees Reply with quote

On Cypress Point, at Monterey, there stands a weather-beaten but impressive company of ancient trees, familiar to most globe-trotters. These trees are especially interesting because they are unique. The Monterey Cypress is a true native son, indigenous to California alone—in fact, as far as its native range goes, it is one of the most restricted in the world, growing only around the Bay of Monterey, the Monterey Cypress is no more a true cedar than it is an oak. It is probably the parent of all the cypresses and is extinct save on the extremities of Point Cypress and Point Lobos. The tree was discovered by La Perouse in 1786, but did not receive its name until 1846, when Hardwig rediscovered it and named it Cypressus Macrocarpa, meaning, "large fruited cypress."
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