Pecan

Kurt Elieson

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First Class requirement #6: Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.

The pecan is the state tree of Texas. When large it is a very solid tree. It grows very tall, and it often (not always) has graceful flowing trunks and main branches. There is no regular overall shape for pecan trees. The leaves are long rounded diamonds that bend backwards.

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The very best way to identify a pecan tree is by all the pecan shells lying on the ground around the trunk. Pecan nuts grow inside a protective layer that splits lengthwise in four parts. The last five pictures show a pecan nut that has fallen to the ground as that outer layer is peeled away and the shell is then cracked to reveal the meat inside. Pecan nuts are edible. They are yummy as long as the meat is somewhat crisp.

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