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Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis) nut.  Bitternut hickories have 7-11 leaflets and light gray bark with shallow fissures.  The nut has a thin shell that splits into four sections.  Wildlife often ignore the nuts because of the bitter taste

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes