By H. Edlin
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Ripening in October. Each fruit consists of a single winged seed. Acompound leaf is seen behind (all XI). Flowering twigs of ash In Aprtl (xl). Left: a dense group of male infioreSLences. Right: a lax inflorescence that includes both male and hermaphrodite flowets. Centre left: a male flower with well·developed stamens. Centre fight: a hermaphrodite flower with two small stamens and a central plstll (X8). HOLLY flex aquifolium Holly Is one of our few evergreen broadleaved trees. Its leaves are tough and leathery and arc coated with wax which restricts loss of watet'.
With its attached wing. has the outline of an old-fashioned key used for opening doors or chests. At first the seeds are green, and if gathered at that stage and sown at once. they will sprout Without delay. ln practice the forester mixes his ripe ash seed With damp sand and stores it in a well-drained pit, out of reach of birds. mice and squirrels. until the time for spring sowing comes round. 18 months after storage began. FIGURE ;3 Winter twigs and buds of ash (life size). Left: a Single termlnal bud.
Poplars only spring up in marshy places. or along streamsides. where bare. damp soil or mud Is avail:tble for colonisation in midsummer. Seedlings have two blunt seed-leaves, followed by nonna1 foliage. and grow rapidly. u wood has remarkable, distinct characters that ensure peculiar uses. It is pale cream to white in colour, and bas large water-conducting vessels. When freshly felled and full of sap It Is very heavy, but after it has been seasoned. and the vessels only hold air. It Is remarkably light.
Broadleaves by H. Edlin