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Crataegus monogyna


Crataegus monogyna
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Copyright: Ramona Popovici (venusinfurs) (19)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-21
Categories: Trees
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-01 5:45
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Plantae
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliopsida
Rosales
Rosaceae
Maloideae

Crataegus monogyna

Known as Common Hawthorn, is a species of hawthorn native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia. It is a broadly spreading shrub or small tree 5-14 m tall, with a dense crown. The bark is dull brown with vertical orange cracks. The younger stems bear sharp thorns, 1 to 1.5cm long. The leaves are 2-4 cm long, obovate and deeply lobed, sometimes almost to the midrib, with the lobes spreading at a wide angle. The upper surface is dark green above and paler underneath.The hermaphrodite flowers are produced in late spring (May to early June in its native area) in
corymbs of 5-25 together; each flower is about 1 cm diameter, and has five white petals, numerous red stamens, and a single style; they are moderately fragrant. They are pollinated by midges and later in the year bear numerous haws. The haw is a small, oval dark red fruit about 1 cm long, berry-like, but structurally a pome containing a single seed. Haws are important for wildlife in winter, particularly thrushes and waxwings; these birds eat the haws and disperse the seeds in their droppings.


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