. Familiar trees and their leaves . Trees. 292 FAMILIAR TREES AND THEIR LEAVES. land westward to Missouri and throughout the South.* The tree is often completely surrounded by water, from which it rises straight as an arrow. In the water and growing up from the roots are frequently seen strange, lumpy, conical growths which are called " knees " ; in a cypress swamp these conspic- uous formations invariably at- tract attention.f The leaves of the cypress are deciduous, flat, light olive-green, and from seven sixteenths to three quarters of an inch long; they are sometimes (on the smal

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. Familiar trees and their leaves . Trees. 292 FAMILIAR TREES AND THEIR LEAVES. land westward to Missouri and throughout the South.* The tree is often completely surrounded by water, from which it rises straight as an arrow. In the water and growing up from the roots are frequently seen strange, lumpy, conical growths which are called " knees " ; in a cypress swamp these conspic- uous formations invariably at- tract attention.f The leaves of the cypress are deciduous, flat, light olive-green, and from seven sixteenths to three quarters of an inch long; they are sometimes (on the smaller and flow- ering branchlets) awl-shaped and overlapping. The general color of the tree is a dull, deep green. The roundish cones are an inch or so long, with closed, thickish, irregular scales.. Bald Cypress. * At Chapultepee, Mexico, there is an American cypress which, when the Spaniards entered the country in 1520, was called "The Cypress of Montezuma," being then of immense size, over forty feet in girth and 130 feet in height. t At every "knee" a downward, strong root deeply penetrates the ground; these " knee " roots are the anchors by which the bald cypress is held firmly in its soft and boggy bed. There is a fine specimen of the bald cypress, 40 feet high, and with a symmetrical figure, at Dosoris, Long Island.. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.. Mathews, F. Schuyler (Ferdinand Schuyler), 1854-1938. New York : D. Appleton