Louisiana state flower is the magnolia. The state tree is bald cypress. The state bird is the brown pelican. New Orleans is the biggest city and because of the French influence uses the fleur-de-lis as a symbol.
The Pelican is on Louisiana's flag and state seal. Louisiana is also called 'The Pelican State.' The bird has been Louisiana's symbol since the arrival of early European settlers because the settlers were impressed with the Pelican's generous and nurturing attitude toward their young.