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Fagus sylvatica


It took me few days of looking into these, digging through the net and books, and finally a help from one of those phone apps to understand what I was looking at... These seems to be the young shoots of Beech, freshly germinated from seeds, with only the two cotyledon leaves fully developed. The next stage is ready, and a shoot with real leaves coming up from that central bud.


This is very common tree in forests in and around Jura mountains, found on slopes of mountains as well as in valleys. Here, stumbled upon it just next to a pathway through the forest (mixed forest) on slopes of Jura mountain range.

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1 Comment

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 days ago

Those first leaves are definitely misleading.
It looks like you should have focused on the brown ones. ;-)

Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Léaz, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Spotted on Apr 4, 2021
Submitted on Apr 8, 2021

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