The plant around us. Volume 1 The plant around us. Volume I - Page 28

‘’ Betula pendula English: Silver brich Spanish: Abedul This tree reaches 30 m. high. It is a medium-sized deciduous tree that owes its common name to the white peeling bark on the trunk. You can find them in the northern hemisphere, only at higher altitudes. Flowers The flowers are catkins and the winged seed get widely scattered by the wind (anemophilous). It has a long, yellowish- greenish colored cones. Leaves The twigs are slender and often pendulous and the leaves are roughly triangular with doubly serrate margins and turn yellow in autumn before they fall. Fruit The fruit is a samara with two wings. They come off in groups of 3 next to the bract. They form a compact cylindrical cluster that disintegrates with time. It is a kind of easy germination and dissemination.