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How are full sun, part sun, etc, defined?
April 08, 2014
Hello, I have a question about sun requirements. Does saying something needs "full sun" mean a particular number of hours? Does it mean 6 or more hours / day? 8 or more? Is there an agreed upon n...
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Water-saving strategies of drought-tolerant plants
April 04, 2014
Although "drought tolerant" plants are fairly well documented, it's clear that many different strategies are responsible, such as a huge root system (like Mesquite). I'm interested in learning the...
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Are Prunus minutiflora male and female flowers on different plants?
March 12, 2014
I have a Prunus minutiflora and have recently learned the male and female flowers are on separate plants. How can I determine if I have a male or female plant?
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Source for DNA sequencing of Opuntia species
March 04, 2014
Hi Mr. Smarty Plants, I am trying to do a Opuntia speciation study, and rather just identifying the species by morphological comparison, I would also like to go a little deeper by comparing the DNA...
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Are leaf margins of Chilopsis linearis toothed from Austin
December 22, 2013
Are the leaf margins of Chilopsis linearis, Desert Willow, smooth or toothed? The NPIN descrip says willow-like. Most willows have toothed leaf margins. Thank you.
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Source for records of Pleistocene flora of Central Texas
December 16, 2013
Part of your answer to a question from October 12, 2010 is "..moreover, the evidence goes even further back than the 1800s. Studies of Pleistocene deposits from Central Texas showed ancestral cedar p...
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Do bees visit cedar trees and other conifers for pollen?
November 30, 2013
I was wondering if honey bees or native bees visit cedar trees for pollen? and what about other conifers?
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Which one is huajillo and which one is guajillo?
November 19, 2013
Recently I attended a field trip to the Leonard Garden at the Kleberg Institute in Kingsville. I took a picture of a tree that was referred to as Tenaza or huajillo. Later I took another photo of a ...
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Student research on fire-resistance plant labels from Garden Ridge TX
November 13, 2013
Dear Mr. Smarty Pants, I'm a 4th grader at Garden Ridge Elementary in Comal County. I am researching fire resistant plants. Can you please tell me if most plants' tags say whether they are fire r...
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Ruffly foliage on native lantana
November 05, 2013
A native lantana in my front yard has developed ruffly foliage on one stem. It looks like miniature broccoli. What can this be?
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