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Bald Cypress

  • September 21, 2018
Bald cypress rise from the water at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel, DE. (Dave Harp)

Here are 10 scrambled words related to the bald cypress, along with a clue to their identities. Stuck? All of the information you need is in the September Bay Naturalist column. Answers below.

1. WSPAM __________________
This is the type of habitat where bald cypress are found.

2. SNEEK ___________________
Instead of growing down, these unusual roots help to anchor the bald cypress by growing upward.

3. DOWERDO
   _______________________
The bald cypress is a member of this family of trees.

4. KUMCHOM
   _______________________
This little piece of land sticks out of the water and remains moist. Bald cypress seeds must land on one of these if they are to sprout and grow.

5. ONCE ________________
This is the part of the bald cypress that bears flowers and seeds.

6. EWIND ________________
The trunk of the bald cypress does this near the bottom of the tree to help support it.

7. OWARDHETO
  _______________________
This is the hard interior of a tree’s trunk. The bald cypress’ is valued because it remains strong, even when exposed to soil or water.

8. STEWE  MUG
  _______________________
This is another water-tolerant tree that sometimes grows near bald cypress. It has hard, spiky fruit.

9. REMOMSNIP
  _______________________
This tree, found in the same habitat as bald cypresses, bears yellowish orange to reddish orange fruit that creates a dry sensation in the mouth when eaten.

10. DOVERBIN
  _______________________
This songbird, found in the same habitat as the bald cypress, builds a domed nest, woven from plants, on the ground.

 

ANSWERS

1. Swamp  2. Knees  3. Redwood  4. Hummock  5. Cones  6. Widen  7. Heartwood  8. Sweet gum  9. Persimmon  10. Ovenbird

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