Coastal Bend Nature Challenge: Nature Trails and Sensory Exploration at the Botanical Gardens

*Joey and William will be guests here on the blog as they document our Nature Challenge journey for 2016.

The Challenges:  (This was actually 2 separate challenges that we combined into one!)  Walk along the trails and make a list of 5 shrubs/trees with spines or thorns and 3 without.  List some possible reasons why plants have spines or thorns.  Use your senses to observe nature along the path.

Plants we saw with thorns/spines:

  • Spiny Hackberry
  • Lotebush
  • Prickly Pear
  • Blackbrush Acacia
  • Lime Pricklyash

Plants we saw without thorns/spines:

  • Flame Acanthus
  • Retama
  • Sea Ox Eye Daisy
  • Tanglewood
  • Texas Persimmon

The reason we think plants might have thorns or spines is to protect themselves from predators (or kids!).  october-2016-035_9_1 october-2016-037_10_1 october-2016-038_11_1 october-2016-039_12_1 october-2016-040_13_1 october-2016-041_14_1 october-2016-042_15_1 october-2016-043_16_1




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