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Nice conifer, quite unusual, a monotypic genus.
David J Trevan
*looks it up on google*
Oh, "a monotypic taxon is a taxonomic group with only one biological type".
So that's the only Sciadopitys, then?
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When I saw it I thought it unusual - I have since looked into it and find that it is the only one of its' genus and a slow grower, this one was approx 10 feet tall, spread is harder because it is still within the protection cage but I would think at least 5 feet, looks quite healthy, it only has to survive the yob element that comes and occasionally cuts and hacks at them. I do intend going back and getting more photos as there are a lot of different ones including at least two fantastic Monkey Puzzle trees, will try and get a list of what has been planted.
Is it as prickly as it looks?
That cage certainly looks as though it's about to be out-grown!
I'm glad to hear that you are going back, I'm looking forward to your next set of observations already, as I'm studying conifer ID this winter.
It was almost soft or tender to the touch, I don't know if any body tends it but I would say not, the whole pinetum looks like it needs a bit of loving care, so it maybe that the cage should have been either removed or enlarged, people have put little plaques on some of the cages in memory of loved ones so there has to be more information about it, I have found out so far it comes under United Utilities - am going to try a few phone numbers I have got off the web.
Yes, basically monotypic means their is only one species in the genus. Further well known conifer examples would be Ginkgo biloba and Pseudolarix amabilis. It doesn't preclude the fact that their could be cultivars and varieties of the monotypic genus.
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