Developing fruits of Aesculus hippocastanum. Stefen Leys Pocket Park.
19 July, 2017
Monday, 19 June 2017
A little earlier on today I was strolling through Stefen Leys Pocket Park - or should I say ex-pocket park (its status has changed) when I was struck by the remarkable differences between the Common Horse Chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum, native of the Balkans, and the rose-pink flowered Red Horse Chestnut, Aesculus x carnea. The flowers have long since withered and fallen but the differences are still distinct. On the former the spiny fruits are swelling, and will eventually hold the familiar conkers, much prized by us when but now battling with computer games for the attention of children.