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(Plants) any of several conifers of the genus Metasequoia of the family Taxodiaceae, esp Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the only surviving member of this genus, which is found in China


(ˌmɛt ə sɪˈkwɔɪ ə)

n., pl. -quoi•as.
a tall deciduous coniferous tree, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, of the bald cypress family, first known as a fossil and then discovered growing in China.
Also called dawn redwood.
[< New Latin (1941); see meta-, sequoia]
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Noun1.metasequoia - large fast-growing Chinese monoecious tree having flat bright-green deciduous leaves and small globular conesmetasequoia - large fast-growing Chinese monoecious tree having flat bright-green deciduous leaves and small globular cones; commonly cultivated in United States as an ornamental; known as a fossil before being discovered in China
genus Metasequoia - genus of deciduous conifers comprising both living and fossil forms; 1 extant species: dawn redwood of China; variously classified as member of Pinaceae or Taxodiaceae
conifer, coniferous tree - any gymnospermous tree or shrub bearing cones
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Peter Bridgeman, who died in 2013 aged 80, planted many trees including the metasequoia glyptostroboides, which was re-discovered in China in 1948, having only been known from fossils and thought to have been extinct.
Objective: The leaves and bark of Metasequoia glyptostroboides are used as anti-microbic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory drug for dermatic diseases in Chinese folk medicine.
Volatiles from two gymnosperm fossils: Miocene leaves of Metasequoia glyptostroboides and early Cretaceous seed cone of Pityostrobus spp.
Comparative development of intertracheary pit membranes in Abies firma and Metasequoia glyptostroboides.
Seed cone and ovule ontogeny in Metasequoia, Sequoia and Sequoiadendron (Taxodiaceae-Coniferales).
The Ag coatings on the steel surfaces consist of metasequoia leaf-like structures with a length of 5[micro]m and nanoparticles of 50-200 nm in diameter.
The new form metasequoia Goldrush would be my choice, with soft golden needles all summer, turning russet in autumn.
1984, Seed cones of Metasequoia milleri from the Middle Eocene of southern British Columbia: Canadian Journal of Botany, v.
In the north of the park, Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood) and Fagus Sylvatica 'Purpurea' (Copper Beech) trees are grouped together.
Some do offer autumn colour, the best of these the deciduous varieties such as the golden larch (Pseudolarix amabilis), the Metasequoia, and Ginko biloba, all eventually giants well over 60ft tall.
8 The tree known as the metasequoia or Dawn Redwood was discovered as a fossil in 1941 and thought to be long extinct - until living specimens were found by chance in 1944 in which country?
Metasequoia glyptostroboides Hu & Cheng; Dawn Redwood; BSUH 12977.