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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Docter Robert wrote:
chance me arm with a Hawthorn


Sorry.
Not Hawthorn.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Docter Robert wrote:
have a look at this ? maybe ?


Definitely not.. these have beautiful pink petals!
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tippben wrote:
Fagus sylvatica.


YES!
Well done. tibben, Congratulations.
It is FAGUS SYLVATICA....a beech tree.

My first pic showed the female flowers....while .this one shows the male!
You can see the stamen and anthers which have all the pollen on.

Phew..that was hard.
I thought it would be an easy one.

Do hope you all enjoyed my wee challenge!



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahhh ffs!

So what was with the 'healthy' clues?

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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tagwex wrote:
ahhh ffs!

So what was with the 'healthy' clues?



That was in answer to tibben

No not a wasp gall.
This came from a very healthy ...very common..."thing" !!!!
.........................................................................................................

I was trying to give the clue that it was not a gall or anything parasitic or odd or unhealthy.

Just to complete the story.... .the flowers of the beech tree get fertilised and later in the year you get a hard prickly outer case that opens, revealing the seeds or nut inside......
Commonly called beech masts.
Which are much more easily noticed.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=beech+masts&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=j790U8fGK6mc0AXmuIHoCQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=1019#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=0yGoXDnHEcVSfM%253A%3Bc_h_doRMiM4BDM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F3.bp.blogspot.com%252F-QRHcfFpI2v0%252FTntS_KdJuOI%252FAAAAAAAATlA%252FFSFVdnb0C2s%252Fs640%252Fmast_beech_2011.09.20.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fmoremoth.blogspot.com%252F2011%252F09%252Fbeech-mast.html%3B640%3B492

They are edible. I have never tried them.
Thought this was interesting...

http://www.skillsforwildlives.com/2011/12/beech-mast-as-a-food-source/
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the Beech trees nearby are over 150 years old. Far too high to inspect without climbing gear. I guessed it from the fringe of hairs around the leaves. What do you mean by "not a perennial"? How long does a plant have to live? That confused me, hence the gall guess. I was thinking of something that is obviously part of a plant but not the plant itself... NB Ephemeral: lasting only on day or a few days, short lived, transitory. Greek epi, on, hemera, day.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep the perennial bit threw me too. As did silver surfer with the 'healthy' clues. I was thinking some plant with therapeutic/medicinal properties.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, before I gave up drinking, I made Beech leaf liqueur a few times. It's from eastern Europe, and called something like Nottoi, or Nettau. Fresh beech leaves, just broken bud, to fill an airtight jar, just covered with already sweetened schnapps, or vodka. A bit like sloe gin, but a very unique nice flavour, ready for midsummer. The leaves go brown in the liquid, but that's normal. I worked in an arboretum at the time, so the leaves were plentiful. I did try making a purple version once, but the tannins made it bitter.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silver surfer, I have tried beech mast. Roasted in a dry pan and salted. They were tasty, but very difficult to peel. I tried making oil too. From an entire bucket of mast I ended up with about two tablespoons of oil. It's very nice, but I think you'd have to have a large family of hungry peasants to make it worth the labour.
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silver surfer wrote:
Not a perennial

You made a boo-boo.
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Competition null and void.
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