Excrescence

Excrescence

Observation - Excrescence - UK and Ireland. Description: I am inspired by the pictureless posts http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/315728?nav=latest_observations by wilson_le_moine and http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/315710?nav=latest_observations by John Pilkington and anyone brave enough to post without a picture.

I am inspired by the pictureless posts http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/315728?nav=latest_observations by wilson_le_moine
and
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/315710?nav=latest_observations by John Pilkington
and anyone brave enough to post without a picture.
In late August the seed 'cones' on my Alder had on them a reddish excrescence or appendage - like a rubust leaf or petal.
As the seasons progressed and the 'cones' matured, then the excrescence became bigger than the 'cone' - more than double the length.
Later the appendage became brown and shrivelled.
In the winter, the appendage hardened and became like wood.
This is my first attempt to post a text-scription - I have a good photo, several and even know the name (I hope!) and will post them AFTER some IDs.
Some hope!!
Pictures added 16th Feb 2013