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Beaked Hazelnut Flowering

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Some of the most dazzling flowers this time of year are easily overlooked due to their diminutive size and the fact that they are not found on the ground. The flowers of Beaked Hazelnut (Corylus cornuta), a native shrub, are in this category. The shape and position of the male and female flowers illustrate their respective strategies for successfully producing seeds.

The female flower, located at the tip of the branch (where other branches don’t obstruct it) extends its tiny, star-like pistils into the air in several directions so that they easily collect pollen.

Down below the female flowers hangs the pendulous male catkin, dangling its pollen-laden stamens so that the wind can easily disperse the pollen. Because it is positioned below the female flower, there is a reduced likelihood of self-pollination.

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6 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    Beautiful photo….very interesting & perfect word choice!

    May 3, 2018 at 6:16 pm

  2. Tess Gouvin

    oh thank you…i love your site,,



    May 3, 2018 at 6:20 pm

  3. Marilyn

    What a dear little flower!

    May 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm

  4. Jean Harrison

    Clever plant.

    May 3, 2018 at 10:22 pm

  5. Thank you so much for the post. Propagation of plants is very intereseting to me. So the idea is that another male catkins (pollen) will blow over to the female flower and not the pollen from the catkins below. Love this example!!! Just needed to complete that thought.

    May 4, 2018 at 8:53 am

  6. Susan jukosky

    This is just fascinating.

    May 4, 2018 at 8:20 pm

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