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Destruction of Flowers by Birds

Nature volume 14, page 10 | Download Citation



THE enclosed blossoms of the common “wild” cherry (Prunus avium, L.) have been mutilated in a precisely similar manner with those of the blackthorn noticed about a year ago in NATURE (vol. xii. p. 26), the petals and stamens still adhering to the separated limb of the calyx, which has been cut through at the exact level of the ovary, which has perhaps been the object of attack. Orchard trees in the neighbourhood from the same stock have also suffered to a serious extent, but the wall-cherries (P. cerasus, L.), which are later in flowering, have hitherto been untouched.

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  1. Hatfield, May 2

    • R. A. PRYOR


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