While there are vast, ocean-like prairies found in nature, like the Blackland Prairie south of Austin or the short grass prairies of the Texas High Plains, a prairie pocket is more like a sample of these ecological characteristics packaged to fit within the urban matrix. A clearing where vegetation prevails over aggregates, and little or no shade can be found throughout the day can be described as a pocket prairie.
ECOLOGY NOTEBOOK: PRAIRIE POCKET
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This ecological condition may see shading structures or tree cover to the north, but is generally open to the south. A gentle slope in any direction fits the description as long as the ground plane is configured more for infiltration of stormwater, and less for concentrated run-off. These sunny, productive areas can provide for a rich collection of grasses, wildflowers, with few trees, and typify the urban pocket prairie.