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'Prilop of Lavaca' ('Steffek',
Photo) Native selection from the Lavaca River,
originally growing 21/2 miles south of Halletsville, in Lavaca
County, TX. The original tree grew near a river crossing, on land
owned by G. W. Prilop, and was called 'Prilop' by the first grafters.
The cultivar is also called 'Steffek' due to the work of F. T.
Steffek in propagating the tree. Steffek collected graftwood from
the ortet and propagated an orchard in 1939, prior to the destruction
of the original tree due to a flood in 1940. The cultivar has
also been called 'Kallus', after Louis Kallus, Sr., an early proponent
of the cultivar who sent wood to the USDA-ARS Pecan Station in
1976. Nut: oblong with acute apex and obtuse base; round in cross
section; shell smooth, with few markings; 78 nuts/lb, 57% kernel;
kernels golden, with very thin dorsal ridge, esp. at apex. Protandrous.
Resistant to scab. Texas State Champion Native in1991. One of
the most widely propagated TX natives in recent times, with over
3000 acres in Lavaca County.
LJ Grauke , Research Horticulturist &Curator
USDA-ARS Pecan Genetics
10200 FM 50
Somerville, TX 77879
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