Corylus americana Walter, Betulaceae

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Common name: American hazelnut.

Voucher: Kostadinov 166, (URV)

Brief description: A monoecious shrub, the young twigs and petioles pubescent. Leaves are broadly ovate to obovate, simple, alternate, entire, margins  finely doubly serrate-toothed, pinnately veined, paler and pubescent beneath. Flowers are unisexual, the staminate catkins on woody peduncles, emerging in autumn; the pistillate catkins comprised of single flowers, each subtending a bract and two bractlets, the latter enlarging at maturity and enclosing the fruit. Fruits are a compressed edible nut. 

Campus data: Rare in the wild on campus, not cultivated. About half a dozen shrubs encountered.