Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
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Alnus glutinosa

Aulne glutineux
Common Alder

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Plant family

Area

Les Maures

Flower colour

green

Flower size

5-10 cm

Flowering months

January,

February,

March

Leaf type

Elliptic,

Ovate

Height

20 m

Description

The wood, under water, has a long life. It is thanks to the Alder that cities like Bruges, Amsterdam and Venice were able to be built. The wood can carry enormous weights. Clogs used to be made from Alder wood.

The bark has been used in the tannery and dyeing industry to produce a black dye.

Flowers

Female and male flowers on the same tree, male flowers in the form of catkins, female flowers broad and green, turning into black seed heads and remaining on the tree throughout winter.

Leaves

Ovate leaf is egg-shaped, wider at base, Elliptic oval leaf. Egg-shaped to oval, slightly wavy and notched, hairy veins beneath.

Fruits Seeds

Cone: small and rounded, resembling a small pine cone.

Medical

Bark: used as a gargle for sore throats.

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