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(updated 9 March 2023)

Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich.

Taxonomic history:
   1753: Linnaeus described this species as Cupressus disticha in Species Plantarum, edition 1, p. 1003.
   1810: A. Richard created the genus Taxodium in a note in volume 16 (page 298) of Annales du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, in which note he transferred Linnaeus’s Cupressus disticha to the new genus as Taxodium distichum.
   today: The current name for this species is Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich.

original Latin description
Cupressus foliis distichis patentibus.

English translation
Cupressus with leaves distichous [and] spreading.

English translation with commentary
Cupressus Cupressus
with leaves foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i
distichous, distichis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective distichus, -a, -um; modifies foliis
[and] [added for smoother readinng]
spreading. patentibus - ablative plural neuter of present active participle of 2nd declensio verb pateo, -ere, -ui, ---; modifies foliis

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