Sunday, 1 December 2013

Spindle tree

Here's another berry spotted today in Filnore Woods.

 
The Spindle Tree produces coral-pink berries divided into four quarters.  When the berry splits open, the bright orange seeds hidden inside can fall out.
 
 
Spindle twigs are four-cornered, square in section, and very straight.  This made them good for skewers and for spindles for hand spinning.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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