Monday, January 9, 2012

It's a catkin..... but not as we know it ...



































I found this strange hazel catkin when I was out walking along the River Wear at Wolsingham at lunchtime. Unlike the normal one on the left, this one has branched into seven separate 'tails' at the tip. Might have been caused by damage during the very early stages of its development last summer.

7 comments:

  1. Corylus avellana var. hydra? Or a catkin-o'seven tails...

    What a find!

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  2. I wonder how the nuts will turn out?

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  3. Not too many catkins ouyt yet Toffeeapple so it stood out ....

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  4. Hi Rob and Scriptor - great minds think alike!

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  5. Hardly bears thinking about Tim...

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