Thank you, I do have some buds I think are alder buds and have been using the bud ID guide from circaea. But none looks like these. I can rummage around the leaf litter beneath some alders near me and see if anything like this turns up.
I've also got a marsh marigold seed and Stace has drawings of parts of that plant that resemble these. I'm planning a visit to some wetland environments so something may become clear there.
From: "BASTIAENS, JAN" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 09:47:36
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Subject: Re: identification problem
Why do you think it is not a bud from Alnus glutinosa? To me the
pictures look like buds from Alnus glutinosa (general morphology). And
if I am not mistaken the ridged pattern appears when the bud scales are
not present any more.
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Onderwerp: identification problem
I've found some plant macrofossils I've not seen before and would
appreciate any opinions on thier identity.
They are present in very low quantities from some samples of Neolithic
peat from the foreshore/intertidal zone of the River Thames. These
samples have produced diverse and well-preserved plant macrofossils
dominated by Alnus catkins and seeds and seeds of aquatic and
semi-aquatic plants. Wood and buds are also present. The first two
images are of the item seeming most complete. I first picked this out
thinking it was a bud. Something seems to be enclosed. I'm reluctant to
peel it apart to find out what because its my only complete example.
There is a distinct ridged 'wave-like' pattern on the surface of these
fragments. Its likely that I'm seeing bits of a familiar plant I've not
seen before in less well-preserved deposits.
I can take more photos if these don't seem clear. I'm trying out new
equipment so I can only improve on these efforts.
I look forward to any ideas because I've looked through manuals and
reference material and I'm completely baffled.
Lisa Gray MSc BA hons AIFA
Part-time student MA Maritime Archaeology www.lisagray.co.uk