A TRIP TO A SERPENTINE OUTCROP IN TEXAS
A Production of the Herbarium,
Department of Biology, Texas A&M
Script by Monique
Photographs by J.
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Serpentine outcrops are interesting geologic formations, often
home to unique assemblages of plant species. When we heard about a
serpentine outcrop in Gillespe County, Texas, it sounded like a good
excuse for a botanical road trip!
Gillespie County lies in the center of Texas, in the part of the
state often refered to as the Edwards Plateau. The northeast corner
of the county, however, is more properly part of the Llano Uplift. In
this region, the native limestone has largely worn away to expose the
metamorphic and igneous rocks below.
We went prepared to find some interesting and unusual plants. We
weren't disappointed. While we didn't see anything terribly rare or
startling, we did see a fantastic array of wildflowers, many of which
we had not seen in the field before.
We invite you to share the beauty we found on a very special
Saturday in April.
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