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Beaked Hazelnut Flowering

beaked hazelnut 400The blossoms of many shrubs are not necessarily big, flashy, strong-scented flowers, especially if they are wind-pollinated and have no need to attract insects. Beaked Hazelnut’s flowers are now blooming – pendant male catkins loaded with pollen and ¼ “- diameter female flowers. The female blossoms should be examined through a hand lens – they are exquisite little maroon flowers with magenta highlights and pistils that curl this way and that, in hopes of catching pollen grains. One advantage to flowering now, before leaves are out, is that the wind-dispersed pollen has fewer obstructions.

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7 responses

  1. Nicole Cormen

    I LOVE these. Our woods are full of them. The tiny flowers have always reminded me of undersea life.

    May 5, 2015 at 9:11 am

  2. Henry Homeyer

    HI Mary, Nice post. I’ve been enjoying my beaked hazelnut this week, too. One suggestion: might you be willing to include Latin genus and species names of plants? There are so many common names, and I think it’s good to learn the Latin ones.

    Thanks, Henry

    May 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

    • Excellent suggestion, Henry. I actually usually do (see Bloodroot post at the bottom) but I forgot Corylus cornuta!

      May 5, 2015 at 10:36 am

  3. Penny March

    Interesting web article on hazelnuts-the writer is in MA, and compares our two local varieties of hazelnut.

    May 5, 2015 at 9:37 am

  4. Cute little Who-head (Dr. Suess)!

    May 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm

  5. And their amazing nut structures where they get their name. I collected both American and Beaked nuts last fall, interesting contrast between the two.

    May 6, 2015 at 7:17 am

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