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Old 03-26-2009, 09:53 AM   #9
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Cypress grow in river floodplains and in lowland wetlands.Water and sea level (less than 100 ft above sea level)seem to be determining factors.

A few sites with information about cypress.
Natural Heritage Program - RTE Plants - Bald Cypress Swamps

Cypress Dome Habitat


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Cypress ponds are depressions in the ground that have the ability to hold more water than soil of the same volume. Runoff from storms can be stored in cypress ponds making them excellent flood control prospects (Ewel 1990). After the rainy season ends and water tables in surrounding soils drop rapidly, these ponds can also contribute to recharging groundwater. It is not clear yet, however, how purposely directing urban runoff to ponds might impact plant and animal communities in the ponds.

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