NH6454 : Witches Broom on birch

taken 7 years ago, near to Munlochy, Highland, Great Britain

Witches Broom on birch
Witches Broom on birch
The growths of dense bunches of short shoots with small leaves common on birch trees are caused by the fungus, Taphrina betulina. It is commonly known as Witches' Broom because if all the extra shoots grow in the same direction it can take the shape of a traditional broomstick, which used to be made from a bundle of birch twigs, usually bound to an ash handle. More often, as in this case, the shoots grow as a cluster of growth, with no fixed direction, and it resembles a bird's nest.

I thank Andrew Curtis for this explanation.NT9421 : Witches' Broom on birch tree near Cat Loup.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 27 December, 2014   (more nearby)
Sunday, 28 December, 2014
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 6436 5443 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:33.5725N 4:16.1285W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NH 6435 5444
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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