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Italian Alder winter buds

Observed: 16th December 2012 By: Rachy RamoneRachy Ramone is knowledgeable about PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in Plants
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Description:

Even though it's late December, they still have some leaves.
The buds always look as though someone with long fingernails has "pinched" them, leaving a slight groove along the centre.
Apologies for photos not being very clear, it's a camera-phone and doesn't have macro...
EDIT: added photo of catkins.

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Species with which Italian Alder (Alnus cordata) interacts