Metasequoia glyptostroboides Hu and W.C.Cheng, 1948

Dawn redwood



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Rediscovered in 1941





Biology & Ecology










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Hu Hsien-Hsu, ‘How Metasequoia, the ‘Living Fossil’ Was Discovered in China’, Journal of the New York Botanical Garden 49:585 (1948) 201–7. 

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