December 09, 2017

Tinted Metasequoia Leaves

Kyōto Botanical Garden, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
京都府立植物園(京都市左京区下鴨半木町)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the dawn redwood, is a fast-growing, endangered deciduous conifer, the sole living species of the genus Metasequoia, one of three species in the subfamily Sequoioideae. It is native to Lichuan city in the Hubei province (湖北省利川市) of China. Although shortest of the redwoods, it can grow to at least 200 ft (61 m) in height. In 1941, the genus Metasequoia was originally reported by palaeobotanist Shigeru Miki (三木茂) as a widely distributed extinct genus based on fossils, before attracting considerable attention a few years later when small populations were found in central China. It is a particularly well-known example of a living fossil species. The tree faces considerable risks of extinction in its wild range due to deforestation, and so has been planted extensively in arboreta worldwide, where it has proved a popular and fast-growing ornamental plant.

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