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The Living Fence. Rows of Osage Orange trees (Maclura pomifera), like the ones in front of you, were planted in fields by farmers as hedgerows, windbreaks, and "natural cattle fences" before the introduction of barbed wire. These spiny specimens are easily recognized by their large greenish fruit, which were once referred to as "monkey brains." When the fruits are broken apart, the seeds are sometimes eaten by birds.

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes