Catkins

RedHillDigital

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Catkins

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These male catkins or “lamb’s tails” are from a silver birch tree near Mockbeggar in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England.

And now for some S E X education …

Birch trees are wind pollinated.
During the spring, the catkins open and shed their pollen.
The pollen blows onto the female catkins which are smaller and stand erect.
In summer, the fertilised female catkins ripen, grow longer and eventually release the winged seedlings which are carried away by the Autumn winds.
The lucky ones germinate and sprout the next Spring.
So much easier than dating, but probably not so much fun!

Date: 15th February 2009.

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