Grassland Plants
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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Well, you're partly right... the prairies are full of wide open spaces. However there are many kinds of trees that can be found Leaves of a Box Elder Treein and around a prairie field. These leaves are from a box elder tree, which is a member of the maple family.

Silver Maple LeavesPictured 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.  Flowers of a Red Bud Tree

Shown 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. 

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