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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.

catkin

[′kat·kən]
(botany)
An indeterminate type of inflorescence that resembles a scaly spike and sometimes is pendant.
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Black Bears (Ursus americanus) in southeastern Alaska forage intensively on seed pods and male and female catkins of Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa), often breaking many branches from the trees.
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.
Greene discovered the charlatan catkin while studying insect-eating birds.
In 1989, catkins were larger and germinability was better, so we tested 100 seeds per catkin.
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.
Catkin is an August 2008-born daughter of the noted French sire Requin who sired the 50,000gns world record-priced maiden heifer Bailea Umandy.
Picture: THE GARDEN PICTURE LIBRARY; BEWITCHING: Hazel catkin
Trees are coming back into leaf with bursting buds and catkins, snowdrops are growing and bluebells are blooming at the local nature reserve.
The abundance of catkins also suggests that it will remain cold with further frost and snow, as nature has provided extra food for the birds.