I came across this little monster in a park in Cologne, Germany. Inside the case was a hazel nut but not one I’d ever seen before, used as I am to the smaller, quiet, more discreet version to be found in England woodland. This one had fallen off a very tall tree – a Turkish Hazel tree – which can grow to a height of 25m. At first I thought it was the fruit of an edible (sweet/Spanish) chestnut as the case was similarly spiky. Closer inspection revealed that its case was fleshy, covered with tiny little hairs and sticky.
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