A couple months ago I was reading backpacker Magazine when I seen a short article on the batona Trail and the Pine Barrens.The article made two mistakes.Namely it said that Pine Barren Treefrogs were endemic to South Jersey which their not and the article four times referred to the Atlantic White Cypress that fills the swamps. I wrote back and explained that the treefrogs were not endemic to NJ but also occurred in several southeastern states as well.I also corrected the Atlantic White Cypress to Cedar.Well I forgot all about this and last night at work I opened up this months issue and what do i find in the Backtracking section where they put corrections but my name in print.They remedied the range for the treefrogs though they left out South Carolina and Florida in the range states but they refused to correct the Cypress/Cedar correction.Now I know as well as most of you that our cedar isn't a real cedar.Weather it's a cypress or not I don't know.Their nuts are similar but cypress sheds it's needles in fall and of course are cedar does not.Their conclusion was that some folks call it cypress and I guess when it comes to common names you can call anything anything you want. My question is has anyone here ever heard anyone refer to our cedar as cypress? Is it a cypress? I know the bark is also similar.I know people down here that refuse to use the work creek but insist on crik and will give you a ration of crap if you pronounce the river as anything but Morris.So is cypress correct or is backpacker just displaying it's local ignorance?
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