I just wrote a long post on why I couldn’t post anything yesterday, all the hijinks of cyberworld and what happened. Then I added these two pics and posted it like I’ve done maybe a hundred times before…and it just disappeared. So, for today, I give up….
The more I think about this the more interesting it seems so will ask Kenneth Klemow his thoughts on this. Was at Frances Slocum yesterday and found American hazelnut growing on a shrub; not that unusual. But the shrub next to it, with its leaves entangled in the American hazlenut, was its cousin, beaked hazlenut. Would these two plants normally grow in such propinquity (and close to each other too :–). I’ve never seen it before, have you?
Beaked hazelnut gets its specific epithet (cornuta) from the Latin word for horn, referring to the horny projection on the beaked fruit. In contrast to its cousin, American hazel, beaked hazelnut fruits do not bear red, glandular hairs. The nuts of beaked hazelnut are edible, and provide an important food source for hares, birds, squirrels, and many other animals.