Ahuehuete

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Ahuehuete

 

(Taxodium mucronatum), a tall half-evergreen coniferous tree of the family Taxodiaceae; it is also known as the Montezuma cypress. The tree reaches a height of 50 m. There are perennial shoots, with spirally arranged scales, and lateral shoots, which fall off in the second year and have scales arranged in two rows. The round or ovate cones are about 2.5 cm across. The ahuehuete grows in the mountains of Mexico. Individual trees may reach a diameter of 16 m and live 2,000 years or longer. The tree is sensitive to cold temperatures and is rarely cultivated.

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El presente estudio se llevo a cabo en el habitat ribereno dominado por sabinos (Taxodium mucronatum) del Rio Sabinas, Coahuila, Mexico, de diciembre de 2004 a noviembre de 2005.
At study sites on the coastal plain, narrow strips of riparian forest were dominated by Montezuma bald-cypress (Taxodium mucronatum) in wetter soils and Texas ebony (Chloroleucon ebano), coma (Sideroxylon lanuginosa), and anacua (Ehretia anacua) occurred in drier floodplain soils (Gehlbach, 1987).
The main species in North America is Taxodium distichum, but others of note include pond cypress, Taxodium ascendens, and Mexican or montezuma cypress, Taxodium mucronatum.
Potencial dendrocronologico de Taxodium mucronatum Ten.
Vegetation along the creek is a gallery forest (Rzedowski, 1988) with huge Montezuma cypress trees (Taxodium mucronatum), some Ficus trees, and several species of trees typical of the remnant tropical dry forest still present on slopes of Barranca La Tilapena, e.g., Bursera, Pseudo-bombax ellipticum, Ipomoea pauciflora or Guazuma ulmifolia.