Louisiana Report

by Quinn Kennedy

Official Info

Abbreviation: LA

Nickname: Pelican State |Capital: Baton Rouge

Borders: Arkansas, Texas, |When Founded: Apr 30th, 1812

Gulf of Mexico, and |Large City(s): New Orleans

Motto: Union, Justice, and Confidence

State Products

Tree: Bald Cypress

Flower: Magnolia

Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican

Fun Facts

-Louisiana bought part of Arkansas

-Louisiana's State Capitol Building, at 34 stories high, it is the tallest capitol building in the U.S.

- Breaux Bridge is known as the "Crawfish Capital of the World"

Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican is a comically graceful bird with too large of a bill, curving neck, and big, dark body. Squadrons glide above the surf along southern and western coasts, rising and falling in a graceful echo of the waves. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up. They are fairly common today—an excellent example of a species’ recovery from pesticide pollution that once placed them at the edge of extinction. Info: Quizlet

Bald Cypress

Cypresses are evergreen trees and shrubs. There are about 20 different species, or types, of cypress. They grow in warm parts of Europe, Asia, and North America.

Cypresses reach heights of 80 feet (25 meters) or more. Some cypresses have a pyramid shape. Others grow into tall columns. The bark is sometimes smooth, but it usually forms plates or strips. The leaves are small and overlapping. They look like scales covering the branches.

Cypresses belong to the large group of plants called conifers. This means that they produce cones that hold their seeds. Cypress cones have a woody or leathery covering and are usually round. Info: Britannica School

Magnolia

Many magnolias are about 40 to 80 feet (12 to 24 meters) tall. They usually have smooth, gray bark. Their leaves are large and shaped like ovals. Some magnolias are evergreen. This means that their leaves do not drop off in the fall. Others are deciduous. They lose their leaves in winter.

The flowers of a magnolia are white, yellow, pink, or purple. They can be 10 inches (25 centimeters) or more across. Most magnolia flowers have 6 to 12 large petals. They usually bloom in the spring and early summer. Some flowers have a beautiful smell. After flowering, magnolias produce a fruit shaped like a cone. Inside are reddish seeds. The fruit splits open in the fall. When this happens, the seeds hang down by thin threads.

Info: Britannica Schools

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