Palmetto State Park

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Palmetto State Park

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Palmetto State Park near Gonzales in Central Texas .It gets rainwater typically in the Spring and can go extended periods of time with no rain. As it has this Summer, with little detriment to the native Sabal minor.
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CCC constructed water tower/ram jet pump
CCC constructed water tower/ram jet pump
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Spring fed swamp
Spring fed swamp
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Sabal minor at spring fed swamp
Sabal minor at spring fed swamp
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Sabal minor
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Sabal minor
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The swamp has been drained
The swamp has been drained
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CCC building
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San Marcos River
San Marcos River
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Strangely there were Yucca aloifolia all over a hillside a few miles outside the park. There was no current development in the area, but these aren’t known to be native. I stopped at Kreuz Meat Market in Lockhart, Texas on the way home. Some of the best barbecue in Texas.
Opuntia engelmannii var. texana
Opuntia engelmannii var. texana
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Opuntia engelmannii var. texana
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Yucca aloifolia
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Yucca aloifolia
Yucca aloifolia
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Yucca aloifolia
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Opuntia engelmannii var. texana
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Very interesting post. Sabal minor are our understory trees in swampy areas. Some of your scenes could be in SE NC. Aloifolia look different there to me. We have them all green trunked like a big bottle brush and with brown trunks and only the head of leaves green. Different culture makes the difference. That water pump is amazing.
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abborean wrote: Wed Jul 27, 2022 9:28 am Very interesting post. Sabal minor are our understory trees in swampy areas. Some of your scenes could be in SE NC. Aloifolia look different there to me. We have them all green trunked like a big bottle brush and with brown trunks and only the head of leaves green. Different culture makes the difference. That water pump is amazing.
Thanks. Along the gulf coast you can find Sabal among the trees or along marsh. This part of Texas is relatively dry uneven terrain, approaching the San Marcos River the elevation dips and you enter a subtropical forest. The palms and vegetation subsist on drainage into or flooding from the San Marcos and water pumping up from that underground spring. It’s interesting to find these sporadic Sabal minor populations in Central Texas and imagine what the area must have been like in wetter times.
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