The trunk is much divided down to the roots, and is extremely unwedgable. The specimen upon the opposite page grows in the dooryard back of Mr. Hodgson’s house. It is a magnificent old King, whose crown gleamed to this bright sky long ere the Spanish ship builders felled a single tree of this noble species. The live oaks of these Keys divide empire with the long-leafed pine, and with the palmetto, but in many places on the mainland there are large tracts exclusively occupied by them. Like Bonaventure oaks they have the upper side of their great branches planted thickly with ferns, grasses, saw palmettos, etc. There is a dwarf oak here forming dense thickets. [Drawing – “Live Oak, W. Coast Fla.”]
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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