Hazel (Corylus avellana) [1/4]

As spring gets nearer so the the familiar Hazel catkin or Lamb's Tail opens up having been present but tightly closed for most of the winter.

The Hazel is not the only tree to produce Catkins, others do too, most noticeably the Alder and other members of the birch family.

The Catkin is the male flower of the Hazel, its role is to produce pollen which is wind dispersed. The Hazel nut does not produce the well known Hazel nut however.

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