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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Hazel in flower
And if someone asks you what you are talking about you can tell them that naturally you are referring to the spicate inflorescences bearing scaly bracts and unisexual (male) apetalous flowers. (By the way, when I searched 'ament' in the on-line Merrian-Webster dictionary, I got the above definition, followed by the question, "What made you want to look up ament? Please tell us where you heard of it."
If you look really close you can find the brightly colored female flowers. Too bad they are the size of a head of a pin. Way beyond the abilities of my cheap camera to capture adequately.
Our native hazels have similar flowers. I used to grow the common Corylus americana in my garden. It's a plant I'm always happy to run across in the wild, but it suckers too much to be useful if you have very limited space.