When: 2014-06-25

Collection location: Berrydale Park, Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)

No specimen available

Notes:
No, this is not a fungus. But it is unusual. It is the Oregon state fossil: http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/...

It is still considered endangered. It may be the fore-bearer of the modern Sequoia sempervirens (Coastal redwood) and Sequoia giganteum (Giant sequoia).

During mild winters the leaves and small twigs may winter-over. During most winters, the leaves and small twigs are shed, making it look similar to a larch.

Fossilized Metasequoia can be found at several locations in Oregon: the John Day fossil beds is just one.

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