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Beech tree

Observed: 16th October 2012 By: David Mitchell
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Beech tree (Fagus)
Beechmast
Description:

Measured the girth at 450 cms giving it an approximate age of 300 years

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) interacts

Comments

David Mitchell's picture

Beech

Definitely not Sweet Chestnut, nuts were two or more to a husk and no more than 1 to 1.5 cms long. I pick Sweet Chestnuts and they are much much bigger

David

chrisbrooks's picture

Tree

Hi David, I note your comments but it still looks like a Sweet Chestnut, to me anyway. The size of the cases and nuts can vary, particularly in a year of odd weather that we have experienced in 2012.

lavateraguy's picture

ID

The leaves are near the limit of resolution, but they look more like Castanea than Fagus. The spines of the fruit also look more like Castanea than Fagus.

Another point is that Castanea has spirally groved bark, while Fagus has smoooth bark. You presumably noticed the nature of the bark while measuring the bole.

IWoodward's picture

ID

Hi David. I accept that 1-1.5cm does seem on the small side for Sweet chestnut fruit but I still agree with Chris and lavateraguy that it looks like Castanea rather than Beech. Ian

David Mitchell's picture

Tree

OK I'll go back and look at the bark

David

lavateraguy's picture

Also the leaves

The leaves of Castanea and Fagus also differ significantly.

landgirl's picture

Nut cases

I hadn't realised that sweet chestnut and beech nut cases looked so similar. But I agree that the leaves look more like Castanea.
Lavateraguy - how do you get the scientific names to appear in italics, please?

lavateraguy's picture

Italics

Use em (for emphasis) tags for italics and strong (for strong emphasis) tags for bold. Most browsers render them that way.

To use tags enclose them in angled brackets at the start of the what you want to emphasise (<em>) and at the end add a slash to the tag (</em>).

landgirl's picture

Italics

Great, thanks - I'll give it a go!