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catkin

an inflorescence consisting of a spike, usually hanging, of much reduced flowers of either sex: occurs in birch, hazel, etc.
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catkin

[′kat·kən]
(botany)
An indeterminate type of inflorescence that resembles a scaly spike and sometimes is pendant.
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Bears eat flowering catkins from various trees, including willow (Salix spp.; Raine and Kansas 1990; JDJ, pers.
The catkin garden and its underplanting will without doubt warm the hearts of many at the National Trust's Plas Newydd, but this spring there is another new garden which has been inspired by winning more than hearts.
To control for slight size differences among branches, we calculated the proportion of long shoots and female catkins from the total number of shoots in the branches (total shoot number = number of vegetative short shoots + number of short shoots bearing female catkins + number of long shoots).
And over all were broken-off catkins of pussy willow.
Nemoria arizonaria caterpillars that hatch in the spring feed on an oak's male flowers, called catkins, and soon begin to take on catkins' golden color and fuzzy appearance.
Leaf mass in untreated vegetative short shoots did not predict flowering in the following year: leaf masses (mean [+ or -] 1 SE) did not differ between shoots that did (116.7 [+ or -] 12.43 mg) and did not (101.6 [+ or -] 4.51 mg) produce a catkin in the following year ([F.sub.1,17] = 1.06, P = 0.3178).
Some five reports of hazel catkins have been submitted to the Trust's Nature's Calendar scheme, which asks the public to track the changing seasons.
Mr Lund said: "The Catkin Way unit was an ideal acquisition for us as it has the potential to be subdivided into a range of units that can be tailored to meet specific occupier requirements, especially those with a need for craneage."
THE fourth annual sale of heifers from the Bailea Limousin herd of father and son Brian and Matthew Jones, Senny, Sennybridge, Brecon, Powys got the 2009 Limousin Sales calendar off to a strong start at Carlisle with the maiden heifer Bailea Catkin selling for 22,000gns.
Picture: THE GARDEN PICTURE LIBRARY; BEWITCHING: Hazel catkin
Shaun, who runs a pet shop in North Shields, North Tyneside, said: ``I suppose you could say he's on the catkin's diet.
So, in March you could be sensitive to a pollen from spring flowers, then in April to tree blossom, then in May to catkins and in June to summer flowers like roses.