The Common Hazel - Hazelaar (Corylus avellana) is one of the first trees to flower in the season. The flowers are pollinated by the wind (anemophily) so the flowers are produced very early in spring, before the leaves, and are monoecious with single-sex catkins. Male catkins are pale yellow and 5-12 cm long, while female catkins are very small and largely concealed in the buds with only the bright red 1-3 mm long styles visible (can be seen to the left of the male catkins in this picture). Tomorrow i will show a detail of the female catkins.
Image: Wijnegem (Be)
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