1753: Linnaeus described this species as Cupressus thyoides in Species Plantarum, edition 1, p. 1003.
1841: Édouard Spach created the genus Chamaecyparis (Chamécyparis in his original French text) in volume 11 (page 329) of his Histoire Naturelle des Végétaux: Phanérogames.
1888: Nathaniel Lord Britton, E. E. Sterns, and Justus F. Poggenburg (usually abbreviated as B.S.P.) “revised and corrected” the nomenclature of the Preliminary Catalogue of Anthophyta and Pteridophyta reported as growing spontaneously within one hundred miles of New York City, and they moved Cupressus thyoides to the genus Chamaecyparis (page 71).
today: The current name for this species is Chamaecyparis thyoides (L.) B.S.P.
original Latin description
Cupressus foliis imbricatis, frondibus ancipitibus.
Cupressus with leaves imbricate [and] branchlets two-sided.
Translation with commentary
|with leaves||foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i|
|imbricate||imbricatis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective imbricatus, -a, -um; modifies foliis|
|[and]||added for smoother reading|
|branchlets||frondibus - ablative plural of 3rd declension feminine noun frons, frondis|
|two-sided. [i.e., planar]||ancipitibus - ablative plural feminine of group B adjective anceps, anceps, anceps; modifies frondibus|