A List of Selected Publications (1943-2005) on Metasequoia glyptostroboides - A "Living Fossil" from Central China

There are more 1000 papers on Metasequoia have been published in the past sixty years! No any plant in the world like Metasequoia that was written about so much in such a short time. The following are the selected of them which related to her Natural History.


Fulling, Edmund H. 1976. Metasequoia - Fossil and Living. Bot. Review 42(3): 215-315 (English).

Wang, Chung-Kwei 1981. The Chinese Redwood-Endemic Treasure Tree Species of China - Discovery and World-wide Cultivation. Tunghai Univ. Bull. (Biological Bull. 55) 22: 15-32 (Chinese with English Abstract). [Subtitle in Chinese: Dedicated to the author's teacher - Wang Tsang]

Silverman, Milton 1990: Search for the Dawn Redwoods. p. 177. (English).

Gittlen, William 1998: Discovered Alive - The Story of the Chinese Redwood. Pierside Publications. p. 166. (English).

Li, Xiaodong, Jia Yang, Quanfen Shi, & Jianqiang Li 2005: Allozyme analysis of genetic diversity in eight cultivated populations of Metasequoia glyptostroboides. Biodiversity Science 13(2): 97-104 (Chinese with English summary).

Shao, Guofan, Qijing Liu, Hong Qian, Jiquan Chen, Jinshuang Ma and Zhengxiang Tan 2000: Zhan Wang (1911 - 2000). Taxon 49(3): 593-601 (English).

Ma, Jinshuang 2003: The Chronology of the "Living Fossil" Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Taxodiaceae): A Review (1943-2003). Harvard Papers in Botany 8(1): 9-18 (English).

Ma, Jinshuang 2003: On the Unsolved Mystery of Metasequoia. Acta Botanica Yunnanica 25(2): 155-172 (Chinese with detail summary in English).

Ma, J. S. & G. F. Shao 2003: Rediscovery of the first collection of the "Living Fossil", Metasequoia glyptostroboides. Taxon 52(3): 585-588 (in English).

Fazio, J. R. 2003: The Library of Trees - Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides. The National Arbor Day Foundation 1-8.

Yang, J. M., X. Y. Yang & H.Liang 2004: The discovery of Bruied Metasequoia wood in Lichuan, Hubei, China, and its significance. Acta Palaeontologica Sinica 43(1): 124-131 (Chinese, with English abstract).

Ma, Jinshuang 2004: The history of the discovery and initial seed dissemination of Metasequoia glyptostroboides, a "living fossil". Aliso 21(2): 65-75 (English).

Ma, Jinshuang, Yunping Huang, Yunhai Pu & Shenhou Fan 2004: Today's hometown of Metasequoia, Thaiszia 14: 23-36 (English).

Li, Y. Y., X. Y. Chen, X. Zhang, T. Y. Wu, H. P. Lu & Y. W. Cai 2005: Genetic Differences between wild and artificial populations of Metasequoia glyptostroboides: Implications for species recovery. Conservation Biology, 19(1): 224-231.

LePage, B. A., C. Williams, H. Yang, 2005: The Geobiology and Ecology of Metasequoia, Series: Topics in Geobiology, Vol. 22, XXV, 434 p., ISBN: 1-4020-2631-5, Springer, 129.00 EURO

Ma, J. S., K. Barringer & S. Clemants, 2005, A review of the typification of Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Taxodiaceae). Taxon 54(2): 475-476 (English).

Ma, J. S., K. Barringer, 2005. Dr. Hsen-Hsu Hu (1894–1968) — a founder of modern plant taxonomy in China. Taxon 54(2): 559-566. (English).

Hu, Z. G. 2005. Hsen-Hsu Hu should not be forgotten. pages 1-200. (Chinese), Changjiang Art Press, Wuhan, China.


Andrews, Henry N. 1948. Metaseqoia and the Living Fossils. Missouri Bot. Gard. Bull. 36(5): 79-85 (English); Arnoldia: 58(4)-59(1): 33-34, 1999 (excerpted).

Anliker, J. 1949. Metasequoia glyptostroboides, eine bedeutsame Entdeckung. Schweiz. Beitr. Dendrol. 1(1): 33 (German).

Bartholomew, Bruce, David E. Boufford and Steven A. Spongberg 1983. Metasequoia glyptostroboides - Its present status in Central China. Journ. Arn. Arb. 64: 105-128 (English); Arnoldia 58(4)-59(1): 47-52, 1999 (excerpted).

Carpentier, A. 1950. Un fossile viviant, le Metasequoia. Bull. Soc. Bot. France 3:10-13.

Chaney Ralph W. 1948. Redwoods in China. Nat. Hist. Mag. 47:440-444 (English); "As remarkable as discovering a living dinosaur": Redwoods in China. Arnoldia 58(4)-59(1): 23-27, 1999, (excerpted).

Chaney, Ralph W. 1948. Redwoods around the Pacific Basin. Pacific Discovery 1(5): 4-14.

Chaney, Ralph W. 1948. The bearing of the living metasequoia on problems of Tertiary paleobotany. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 34: 503-515.

Chaney, Ralph W. 1957. The discovery tree of China - The Dawn Redwood. 22(2): 57-60.

Cheng, Wan-Chun and Chung-Hsiang Chu 1949. Ecological Studies of the Motherland of Metasequoia. Science (China) 31(3): 73-80 (Chinese).

Chou, Chung-Kuang and Cheng-Huang Yu 1948. Notes on the name of Metasequia. Science (China) 30(9): 273-274 (Chinese). [This is the translated paper of Bot. Bull. Acad. Sci. 2(3): 204-206, 1948, see Teng, Shu-Chun 1948].

Chu, Kwei-Ling and William S. Cooper 1950. An ecological reconnaissance in the native home of Metasequoia glyptostroboides. Ecology 31(2): 260-278 (English); Arnoldia 58(4)-59(1): 40-46 (Excerpted).

Dorofeev, Pavel I. 1951. Discovery of fossil fragments of Metasequoia in the Tertiary of the Zei Basin. Dokl. Akad. Nauk SSSR 77(5): 885-887 (Russian).

Edlin, Herbert L. 1958. The living forest - A history of trees and timbers. 310 pp.

Edlin, Herbert L. 1964. Wayside and woodland trees - A guide to the trees of Britain and Ireland. 278 pp.

Florin, Rudolph 1952. On metasequoia, living and fossil. Bot. Not. 1952: 1-29.

Forham, A. J. 1960. Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood) and its propagation. Plant Propagator 6(4): 7-8.

Geng Kwan Hou and Hsueh Chi-Ju, 1948/9/13. On Metasequoia's Problem Again. Central Daily (Nanjing, Newspaper, Chinese)

Gressitt, Linsley J. 1953. The California Academy - Lingnan Down Redwood Expedition. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 28(3): 25-58 (English); Arnoldia: 58(4)-59(1): 35-39, 1999 (Excerpted).

Hsueh, Chi-Ju 1947. The Big Tree in China. Science World (China) 16(11): 339. (Chinese)

Hsueh, Chi-Ju 1985. Reminiscences of Collecting the Type Specimens of Metasequoia glyptostroboides. Arnoldia 45(4): 10-18 (English); Arnoldia 51(4):17-21, 1991 (reprint); Arnoldia 58(4)-59(1): 8-11, 1999 (reprint again).

Hu, Hsen-Hsu 1946. Notes on a palaeogene species of Metasequoia in China. Bull. Geol. Soc. China 26: 105-107.

Hu, Hsen-Hsu 1948. How Metasequoia, the "living fossil" was discovered in China. Journ. New York Bot. Gard. 49: 201-207 (English); Arnoldia 58(4)-59(1): 4-7, 1999 (reprint).

Hu, Hsen-Hsu and Wan-Chun, Cheng 1948. On the new family Metasequoia and on Metasequoia glyptostroboides, a living species of the genus Metasequoia found in Szechuan and Hupeh. Bull. Fan Mem. lnst. Biol. New Ser. 1(2): 153-161 (English, Chinese summary). [This is the original taxonomic description of the living Metasequoia glyptostroboides].

Hu, Hsen-Hsu 1950. Shui Sa and It's history. Bot. Mag. China 5(2): 9-13 (Chinese).

Hu, Hsen-Hsu 1966. On Metasequoia. Eastern Horizon (Hong Kong) 5(4): 26-28 (English). [This is his 1960 poem's English translation].

Hu, Shiu-Ying 1975. The Tour of a Botanist in China. Arnoldia 35(6): 265-295 (English).

Hu, Shiu-Ying 1980. The Metasequoia Flora and Its Phytogeographic Significance. Journ. Arn. Arb. 61:41-94 (English) [The taxonomic part has been revised by Geng-Guo Tang, see Tang, Geng-Guo 1987].

Hu, Ta-Wei 1990. The Discovery Course of Metasequoia. Modern Forestry Cultivation 6(1): 20. (Chinese)

Ingwerson, W. T. Th. 1949. Metasequoia, eine neue Konifer. Deut. Baumsch. 1(8): 168 (German).

Just, Theodor 1949. 'Shui-Hsa', the dawn redwood, still lives in China. Chicago Nat. Hist. Mus. Bull. 20(7): 3-4.

Kuser, John E. 1999. Metasequoia glyptostroboides: Fifty Years of Growth in North America. Arnoldia 58(4)-59(1): 76-79 (English).

Li, Hui-Lin 1957. The discovery and cultivation of Metasequoia. Morris Arb. Bull. 8(4): 49-53.

Li, Hui-Lin 1963. The origin and cultivation of shade and ornamental trees. 282 pp. p. 179-190.

Li, Hui-Lin 1964. Metasequoia, a living fossil. Amer. Sci. 52(1): 93-109 (English).

Li, Jian-hua 1999. Metasequoia: An Overview of Its Phylogency, Reproductive Biology, and Ecotypic Variation. Arnoldia 58(4)-59(1): 54-59 (English).

Liu, Yong-Chuan, Xin-Tie Zhou and Pi-Lin Su 1978. Shui Sa. Pp. II+144, Hubei People's Press (Chinese).

Lu, Tung-Tsin 1986. Metasequoia discovered forty years. Modern Forestry Cultivation 1(2): 61-74. (Chinese) [Comprehensive history of the discovery].

Ma, Jin-Shuang, Hang Sun and Wei Cao 2000. The Notes on the Collectors and Authors as well as location names related to the Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, after it's been discovered almost sixty years from Central China (1941-2000). Thaiszia, Journ. Bot. 9(1999): 143-147 (in English).

Merrill, Elmer D. 1948. A living Metasequoia in China. Science 107:140.

Merrill, Elmer D. 1948. Metasequoia, Another "Living Fossil". Arnoldia 8(1): 1-8 (English); Arnoldia 51(4): 12-16, 1991 (reprint); Another "living fossil" comes to the Arnold Arboretum. Arnoldia 58(4)-59(1): 17-19, 1999 (excerpted).

Miki, Shigeru 1941. On the change of flora in eastern Asia since Tertiary Period (I). Jap. Journ. Bot. 11(3): 237-303.

Miki, Shigeru 1948. Metasequoia, "a living fossil". Bot. Mag. (Tokyo). 61: 108 (Japanese).

Miki, Shigeru 1949. On Metasequoia, with special reference to the discovery of living species. Seibutu 4(4): 146-149 (Japanese).

Miki, Shigeru 1953. On Metasequoia, fossil and living. 141 pp. Nippon Kôbutsu Shumi-no, Kyoto (Japanese).

Nelson, E. C. 1998. Metasequoia glyptostroboides, dawn redwood: some Irish glosses on its discovery and introduction into cultivation. Curtis's botanical magazine 15: 77-80 (English).

Pearce, Sydney A. 1963. Ornamental trees for garden and roadside planting. 195 pp./p. 178.

de Philippis, A. 1949. Notizie sulla recente scoperta del genere Metasequoia. Noue Gior. Bot. Ital. II. 55(1-2): 231-232 (Italian).

Qiu Shan, 1993/7/22. Metasequoia Fifty Years - The 20th Century Great Botanical Discovery. China Scientific Association Newspaper. (Chinese)

Rogers, David C. D. 1952/10/9. Professors squabble over seeds from China's living fossil tree. Harvard Crimson 129(16): 4.

Satoh, Keiko 1999. Metasequoia Travels the Globe. Arnoldia 58(4)-59(1): 72-75 (English).

Stablerr, Harold B. 1959. The Dawn Redwood. Atlantic Nat. 14(1): 33-36.

Stebbins, E. D. 1948. The chomosomes and relationships of Metasequoia and Sequoia. Science 108: 95-99. (English)

Sze, Hsiang-Chien 1948. My view on the nomenclature of the genus Metasequoia. Science (China) 30(11): 342-344 (Chinese).

Sze, Hsiang-Chien 1948/5/28. The Meanings of Metaseqoia on Science. Tai Kon Pao (Shanghai, Newspaper, Chinese).

Sze, Hsiang-Chien 1948/7/19. Metasequoia and Glyptostrobus. Central Weekly (Nanjing, Chinese).

Sze, Hsiang-Chien 1948/5/28. The scientific importance of Metsequoia. Tai Kon Pao (Shanghai, Newspaper, Chinese).

Sze, Hsiang-Chien 1948. More Discussion on Nomenclature of the genus Metasequoia. Science (China) 31(3): 88-90 (Chinese).

Tang, Geng-Guo 1987. A revision of "The Metasequoia Flora and Its Phytogeographic Significance". Journ. Nanjing For. Univ. 1: 88-104 (English and Chinese).

Teng, Shu-Chun 1948. Discussing of Nomenclature On Metasequoia. Science (China) 30(9): 273-274 (Chinese).

Teng, Shu-Chun 1948. Notes on the Metasequoia. Bot. Bull. Acad. Sinica 2(3): 204-206 (Chinese).

Ting, Hsu 1948/6/20. The importance of the discovery of Metasequoia. The Central Daily (Nanking, Newspaper, Chinese).

Totten, H. R. 1952. Rapid growth of Metasequoia. Proc. 49th. Ann. Meet. No. Acad. Sci. 5/2/1952. J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc. 68(2): 139-140.

Wang, Yu-Wen 1/1/2000, The Old Tree Father. China Green Timely (Chinese, Newspaper). [This paper was written by Yu-Wen, Prof. Wang Zhan's daughter]

Yang, Hong 1999. From Fossils to Molecules: The Metasequoia Tale Continues. Arnoldia 58(4)-59(1): 60-71 (English).

Yi Shi 1948. Before and after of Metasequoia's Discovery. Forestry Communication 4/5: 5-6 (Chinese).

Zhang Yu Jun 1997/9/1. Metasequoia - The Famous Star of Plant Kindom. Scientific Daily of China (Beijing, Newspaper, Chinese).

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