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Horse chestnut sapling

Observed: 6th October 2012 By: lavateraguylavateraguy’s reputation in Plantslavateraguy’s reputation in Plantslavateraguy’s reputation in Plantslavateraguy’s reputation in Plantslavateraguy’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Aesculus hippocastaneum sapling self-set in a hedgerow. The likely parent plant is only a few yards away in the same hedgerow.

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Species with which Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) interacts

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Rachy Ramone's picture

Horse Chestnut

Wow, those leaves are a mess, aren't they?

Hippo, or Briotti? Did you notice what colour flowers it had earlier in the year?

OK, technically, did you notice the flowers of the likely parent? Round here (Oxfordshire) we have a lot of hedgerows planted with Briotti, the decorative red-flowered sort.

I couldn't see any seed casings in your photo - a sure-fire way to tell: Hippo has the typical prickly conker-case, Briotti has smooth cases.

Rachy

Rachy Ramone

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