But why do they grow where they do?
|Short and stunted but probably quite old|
Granted, they don’t grow much …
They are what we call in the lexicon as a bonsai tree.
That, in fact, is a big part of their success.
They most commonly take root on the swamp’s version of a limestone moonscape covered over with a thin layer of nutrient poor marl on which, and here’s the important part, only a meager offering of grass can manage to grow.
|Cypress grow in peat (background)|
and marl (foreground)
That causes wildfires to pass quickly across these areas,
depriving the flames from lingering very long or getting very hot.
Who says cypress only grow on peat?