Friday, October 3, 2014

Cypress Knees: An Enduring Enigma

From the September 26, 1965 Ocala Star-Banner article Cypress Knees' Purpose Unclear:

"For many years cypress knees have been popular for lamp making, furniture, door-stops, gun racks and countless other useful and decorative items.  Cypress knees develop from the shallow roots that spread out from the base of the bald cypress tree.  Usually they are most plentiful around trees growing in wet locations.  The knees range in height from a few inches to several feet and grow in all imaginable shapes.

The actual purpose of cypress knees is not fully understood, some people say that they help anchor the tree to the ground on the unstable soil where it usually grows.  Others say the knees furnish air to the tree when its base is submerged in water."