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The Taxodium Mucronatum is commonly known as Ahuehuete, Cipres, Montezuma Baldcypress, Pentamon, Sabino, as well as Yucu-ndatura

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Growing Regions

In the United States, Montezuma baldcypress is known only from the Rio Grande Valley in Cameron and Hidalgo counties of extreme southern Texas. It is common and widespread in Mexico [10,12].


General Information

The currently accepted scientific name for Montezuma baldcypress is Taxodium mucronatum Ten. (family Taxodiaceae) [10,12]. There are no accepted infrataxa. Montezuma baldcypress differs from its congener baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) primarily by the presence of a needlelike point (a mucro) on the megasporophylls (female cone scales) [4].

Montezuma baldcypress occurs in the riparian zone of a desert shrub community along the Rio Grande. The riparian zone includes black willow (Salix nigra), Texas ebony (Pithecellobium flexicaule), and mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa). The upland area includes sotol (Dasylirion texanum), catclaw mimosa (Mimosa biuncifera), and blackbrush acacia (Acacia rigidula) [20].

Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Sullivan, Janet. 1994. Taxodium mucronatum. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.

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