Horse-chestnut - Anna Zielińska
Horse-chestnut – Anna Zielińska
Elements of Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.): bud, shoots, leaves, inflorescence, chestnuts.
Horse-chestnut is the broadleaved tree species from sapindaceae family. The horse-chestnut originaly from Balkan Peninsula, it is one of the first tree wchich has foreign origin and comes to Poland. Common horse-chestnut has the largest buds from all of the Europan trees and the thickest shoots. For this tree typical is: large leaves, big standing inflorescences with white petals and huge seeds, initially closed in light green spiky capsule called chestnuts. The attached illustration shows the species elements listed. In my country flowering of horse-chestnut in May is symbol of the final school exams, which young people pass in the same time. In the autumn when leaves fall down, on the branches remain scars looks like horseshoe. The Latin name of horse-chestnut is from that shape.
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