by Greg Mayer
There are some interesting comments on live oaks, their distribution, and resistance to hurricanes in the discussion (see #5) of my post on Long Beach, MS and its cuisine. One thing I’ve noticed is the striking zonation of the vegetation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Just a few miles inland, the live oak forest along the coast gives way to a forest strongly dominated by pine. Here’s a pine forest, less than two miles north of the water.
This pine forest continues considerably far inland, becoming mixed with broadleaved deciduous trees around Hattiesburg.
The live oaks dominate in a narrow strip along the coast.
And the beach itself supports grasses.