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November - Common Alder (Aluns glutinosa)


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A common tree throughout Europe. Its tolerates very moist soils and is often found on river banks. It is most common in lowlands and can reach a hight of 30 meters. It is easily recognisable in winter by narrow oval stalked violet brown buds. The broad leaves are sticky in spring. the flowers are arranged in catkins and are already formed by the autumn. They open in early sping (March). The female one develop into woody cones with small winged nutlets. The trees roots have small nodules with nitrogen fixing bacteria which can enrich the soil. Pictured at Bromham, Bedfordshire Mid November 2005.

19th Feb 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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