|I've always thought
that there weren't any trees on the prairie - that they were just wide
open spaces - is that right?
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you're partly right... the prairies are full of wide open spaces. However
there are many kinds of trees that can be found in
and around a prairie field. These leaves are from a box elder tree, which
is a member of the maple family.
to the left are leaves of a silver maple tree. Its seeds fall in late spring
and are fun to watch as they float in the air in spiraling motion.
to the right are flowers from a red bud tree. This small tree is actually
in the pea family! The fruit is shaped like a pea pod, but is flat.