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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.

Cupressus with distichous, spreading leaves.

Translation with commentary
Cupressus Cupressus
with distichous, distichis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective distichus, -a, -um; modifies foliis
spreading patentibus - ablative plural neuter of present active participle of 2nd declensio verb pateo, -ere, -ui, ---; modifies foliis
leaves foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i

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