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Taken with Panasonic Lumix FZ38

Edited in Photomatix and PS8

A catkin or ament is a slim, cylindrical flower cluster, with inconspicuous or no petals, usually wind-pollinated (anemophilous) but sometimes insect pollinated (as in Salix). They contain many, usually unisexual flowers, arranged closely along a central stem which is often drooping. They are found in many plant families, including Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Moraceae, and Salicaceae.

For some time, they were believed to be a key synapomorphy among the proposed Hamamelididae, but it is now believed that this flower arrangement has arisen independently by convergent evolution on a number of occasions.

In many of these plants only the male flowers form catkins, and the female flowers are single (hazel, oak), a cone (alder) or other types (mulberry). In other plants (such as poplar) both male and female flowers are borne in catkins.

Catkin-bearing plants include many other trees or shrubs such as birch, willow, hickory, sweet chestnut and sweetfern (Comptonia), and also some herbaceous plants such as nettle.

The word catkin is a calque from the Dutch katteken, meaning “kitten”, on account of the resemblance to a kitten’s tail. Ament is from the Latin amentum, meaning “thong” or “strap”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catkin

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you very much Larry ;o)

    – Kim Slater

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenover 2 years ago

    Lovely capture :-)

  • Thank you Dave ;o))

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  • Livvy Young
    Livvy Youngover 2 years ago

    How pretty, great shot.

  • Thanks very much Livvy ;o)

    – Kim Slater

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