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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

HOLLY


More berries, this time found by us in Hampshire, though you'll have seen that this year, the Holly trees have gone mental with their berry production - its been a very good year for Holly.

The Holly (there are 600+ species, so I'll not go there) is mainly dioecious, ie has male and female plants. The female plants (of course) produce the berries only.

Humans should not eat the berries - they cause vomiting and incontinence, and even birds struggle to digest them before they've been softened by a few hard frosts.

When they have been softened in that way though, they form an important part of the diet of our winter visitors such as Fieldfare, Redwing and Waxwing.

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