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Beech tree seeds?


By casso


I have put a question on about this and thought I would post a picutre. The small ones are in their hundreds all over the grass and the big ones are still on the tree. We’ve never seen them before. I dread getting them every year as it causes Dave terrible hayfever. He is talking about having the tree chopped down.


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the small one is the unpollinated flower and the bigger ones that stay on the tree is the immature beech nut.

first time ever I have had hayfever, it coincided with the beech flowers.

23 May, 2011


Thank you Seaburngirl. I expect the nuts will drop at some time and hopefully the birds will eat them.

23 May, 2011


Beech pollen is a very common cause of hayfever, so much so that its on the list as a standard thing to check for on the NHS when people have allergic rhinitis, Casso.

23 May, 2011


Thankyou Bamboo. I didn't know that. More reason to have the tree chopped down I suppose.

What is an 'unpollinated flower' seaburngirl?

23 May, 2011


Means the flower hasn't been pollinated by an insect, or that no pollen has mingled with it, so it's sterile and cannot form a seed, unlike the larger seedcase in your picture.

23 May, 2011


I heard on the weather report last week that the tree pollen season was over and the flower pollen season has not quite started. Any thoughts Bamboo?

23 May, 2011


Tree pollen probably is done with, by and large, for this year - as for the flower season pollen, well, how can they be that definite? Lots of things are flowering early this year...

24 May, 2011


Thats what I thought as my eyes are streaming.

24 May, 2011


I had trouble today - I get what feels like a tiny fragment of something in my throat which makes my eye water and then I have to cough for ages and have a drink - twice it happened in someone's back garden, fine at the front for 3 hours, but the two times in the back, it happened twice, first on the right, then on the left, so there's something in the air. Perhaps its that Icelandic volcanic ash, lol!

24 May, 2011


Perhaps it is, I never had this reaction till I was in my fifties

24 May, 2011


Me too - not allergic to anything before 45 either - intolerances, sensitivities and allergies seem to get worse as we get older, I'm gathering more and more as time goes by. such a delight this aging business...

24 May, 2011


Too true B

24 May, 2011

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