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Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

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The fruits of the Horse Chestnut are now developing. Horse-chestnut is a deciduous tree with dark grey-brown bark and palmate leaves (divided into 5-7 leaflets). It flowers May - June, each flower has four white petals. In late summer/early autumn it produces globular geen prickly fruits which then turn brown. Each fruit contains a glossy brown round seed. The Horse Chestnut is not native to Britain and was introduced in the 16th Century from Asia/South-eastern Europe but is now one of our most common trees. Picture taken at Old Warden, Bedfordshire 23rd June 2006.

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25th Jun 2006 by Diane Earl

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Biology, Science

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