Aromatic plant

Aromatic plant

Observation - Aromatic plant - UK and Ireland. Description: The distinctive almost piney aroma of the catkins (and the leaves which appear later) is redolent of

The distinctive almost piney aroma of the catkins (and the leaves which appear later) is redolent of insect repellent, a service that the plant material can provide to a degree. The orangey catkins positively glow. This is a plant that likes an acidic bog, paving the way for plant succession.
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Theses are I think male catkins, they have distinctive bracts or scales. Both the leaves and the fruit secrete an aromatic oil, giving the sweet smell when rubbed or crushed. A favourite on guided walks where participants have different sensory abilities.