Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Phoenix City

Phoenix City by andiwolfe
Phoenix City, a photo by andiwolfe on Flickr.

One of the attractions of this ancient town is a boat trip to see the sights along the river. I suspect the boats are made from Cunninghamia (Cuppressaceae) - one of the abundant timber trees in China. The majority of structures in the old town are made from this timber, which is why our group from the International Wood Culture Society was visiting the site. We had just completed a symposium focused on the genera in Cuppressaceae (formerly from the family Taxodiaceae).

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