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Butcher's Broom, Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve, Isle of Wight

Observed: 30th December 2011 By: David Trevan
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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Cladodes and fruits
Cladodes and fruits
Cladodes
Cladodes and fruits
Description:

The local name for this plant is Box Holly or French Holly.It is locally frequent in ancient woodland on heavy clay soils but also found in old hedgerows.The Isle of Wight Botanist Bromfield (1856 Flora Vectensis)wrote that local butchers 'deck their mighty Christmas sirloins with berry bearing twigs'.
It is botanically interesting because the leaves are really cladodes (flattened stems)and the flowers are produced in the middle of the cladodes.If you enlarge the first image you can see the flowers.

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Species interactions

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Species with which Butcher's-broom (Ruscus aculeatus) interacts