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Araucaria Cones

Naturevolume 43page81 (1890) | Download Citation



EARLY this summer the Araucarias of large size around Terregles House, near Dumfries, were in fruit. Many of the shed cones were lying at the base of the plants. Several years ago I saw a fine Araucaria in fruit in the manse garden, Colvend, Kirkcudbrightshire; but learned from the incumbent that the sight was a rare one. About the middle and end of October, this year, we had numerous trees of the mountain ash from which the leaves had fallen, but which stood glittering, laden with red berries. Clouds of fieldfares arrived, at first noisy and shy, perching on the tops of larch-trees. They devoured these berries, and, getting bolder, invaded my garden, and clustered on a mountain ash in such numbers that there could not be less than 200 at one time. At two visits of one hour each, in one day, every berry disappeared from that tree. Now the flocks of fieldfares are no longer visible, and the berries of the hawthorn and other wild fruit do not seem to attract them, while not a berry of the mountain ash could be picked up for many miles.

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