Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the dawn redwood, is a fast-growing, endangered
In 1941, the genus Metasequoia was originally reported by palaeobotanist Shigeru Miki as a widely distributed extinct genus based on fossils, before attracting considerable attention a few years later when small populations were found in central China. It is a particularly well-known example of a
Though once common across the northern hemisphere, the dawn redwood was originally considered extinct. The genus Metasequoia was first described in 1941 as a fossil of the
In the same year a forester named T. Kan came across an enormous living specimen while performing a survey in Sichuan and Hubei provinces. Though unaware of Miki's new genus, he recognized the unique traits of the tree. It formed part of a local shrine, where villagers called it Shui-shan 水杉 or "water fir".
In 1943, Zhan Wang (1911–2000), a Chinese forestry official, collected samples from an unidentified tree in Modaoxi, China (presently, Moudao,
In 1948 the