"The Flora of Fort McKavett" Fort McKavett Favorite Tip by Stephen-KarenConn

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  Prickly Pear and Live Oaks
by Stephen-KarenConn

Favorite thing: Fort McKavett is located on the semi-arid high plains of west-central Texas. This is not lush green country, but it isn't quite desert either. The surrounding area is mostly grazing land for cattle, sheep, and goats. Two of the most prominent native plants you will see are in this photo: the Live Oak and the Prickly Pear cactus. The live oak is a beautiful spreading evergreen hardwood tree. Those you see here are a smaller version of the live oaks you will find along the Texas gulf coast.

The Prickly Pear is also found here in abundance. in spite of their sharp needles, the green pads of the prickly pear are often used as a food source for both livestock and humans. In spring the prickly pear produces a very beautiful blossom, followed by a sweet edible "pear."

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  • Updated Mar 7, 2005
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