Sunday, December 6, 2009
Today's flowers - Catkins
It's getting harder to find any blooms out and about now, as Winter closes in. I did come across these catkins in an Edinburgh garden a fortnight ago.. I am fairly sure they are immature male alder catkins, but I was in a bit of a hurry and I neglected to take a leaf sample to check out against my tree spotting book. Could be birch, but as it is the same family I won't worry too much. If anyone can identify them for sure then I would be grateful.
Technically the male catkin is a flower cluster with no petals and they pollinate the female flowers by wind dispersal. They look like caterpillars hanging on to that twig, but by spring they should be laden with pollen and ready to do their stuff - something to look forward to!
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