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Abnormal Catkin of Hazel

Nature volume 101, page 126 (18 April 1918) | Download Citation



IN February last one of my students, Miss M. Benson, brought me a flowering branch of the hazel (Corylus Aveliana) in which one of the male catkins had a group of female flowers at the base. The other catkins were entirely male, but this one had eight female flowers, all of which appeared to be normal in structure; they were arranged like the male flowers on the same axis, but the bracts had the pointed shape of those of the ordinary female flower, and no other peculiarity was perceived. It would seem that this is the adoption of the arrangement which is the normal one in Castanea, but such cases appear to have been rarely observed in this species of Corylus, although known to occur in C. tubulosa. The bush was one (growing on the bleak heathy moorland of Sutton Coldfield.

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