Hazel (Corylus avellana) [2/4]

Whilst we can't help but see the male Hazel Catkin we often overlook the tiny female flower which appears on the same tree.

This is actually much more like a conventional flower as it contains the seed box. The red 'petals' are actually multiple stigmas that catch the pollen released by the Catkins of neighbouring trees. The pollen then fertilises the seeds and the nuts develop.

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