Sunday, 23 January 2011

Beech leaves in Queenswood

During a lunch time wander through Queenswood, the afternoon light streamed through the woodland to light up last season's persistent beech leaves.  Marcescence is the term used to describe the retention of autumn leaves.  

The juvenile Beeches provide a welcome sprinkling of colour to the shrub layer of the bare woodland.


  1. Learning something new every day....

    Marcescence, to describe the retention of autumn leaves, in this case Beech.

    Excellent Linda, obviously a blog of learning.

  2. Hello Pete, I discovered the word last year whilst reading up on why Beech trees appear to keep their leaves longer than other trees . Its a cracking word and well worth dropping into the blog again! Thanks for dropping by, Linda


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