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Karen Benson Texas Master Naturalist

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Karen Benson is a columnist for the Bee-Picayune.

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  • This leafless branch in the South Texas brush is covered with several species of lichens. The orange cups are the fruiting bodies (spore containers) of one kind of lichen. There are more than 15,000 known species of lichens.
    This leafless branch in the South Texas brush is covered with several species of lichens. The orange cups are the fruiting bodies (spore containers) of one kind of lichen. There are more than 15,000 known species of lichens.
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  • A road sign at the intersection of the 181 Bypass and Business 181 at the north end of Beeville wears gray-green fuzz. On closer inspection, the fuzz turned out to be made of lichens!
    A road sign at the intersection of the 181 Bypass and Business 181 at the north end of Beeville wears gray-green fuzz. On closer inspection, the fuzz turned out to be made of lichens!
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  • Karen L. P. Benson photo.Milkweeds produce pods like this one. Each pod is full of silk-covered seeds. The dry pod will split open releasing hundreds of the fluffy seeds. The seeds can be carried by the wind for miles to new homes. This is probably how the climbing milkweed got in the Butterfly Garden.
    Karen L. P. Benson photo.Milkweeds produce pods like this one. Each pod is full of silk-covered seeds. The dry pod will split open releasing hundreds of the fluffy seeds. The seeds can be carried by the wind for miles to new homes. This is probably how the climbing milkweed got in the Butterfly Garden.
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