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en Red dead-nettle
de Purpurrote Taubnessel
The red dead-nettle is a herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe and Asia.
It grows to 5–20 cm (rarely 30 cm) in height. The flowers may be produced throughout the year, including mild weather in winter. This allows bees to gather its nectar for food when few other nectar sources are available.
Though superficially similar to species of Urtica (true nettles) in appearance, it is not related and does not sting.
Young plants have edible tops and leaves, used in salads or in stir-fry as a spring vegetable. If finely chopped it can also be used in sauces.
Undyed, the pollen itself is a red colour and is very noticeable on the heads of bees that frequent its flowers. (source: Wikipedia)
en Turkey tail
pt Cauda de perú
The turkey tail is a polypore mushroom, meaning they release spores through many small holes underneath their caps. They are saprotrophs, feeding on decaying matter of other living things — this is why you always find them on old, rotting logs. They’re found in forests all over the world from Europe to Asia to the US and Russia.
This species has one main claim to fame: as a medicinal mushroom. It’s full of a protein-bound molecule known as PSK, or polysaccharide K. PSK works by suppressing the growth of tumor cells, inhibiting the expression of genes that have the potential to cause cancer, and stimulating the immune system to produce more of the body’s own cells that attack foreign cells. (source: Mushroom Appreciation)
Male catkins on a common hazel. Spotted them last winter in March — seem to be a bit early this year!
en Coal tit
It is typically a bird of temperate humid conifer forest, but apart from that shows little habitat specificity.
The coal tit is an all-year resident throughout almost all range, making only local movements in response to particularly severe weather; only the Siberian birds have a more regular migration. (source: Wikipedia)
In love with the Allgäu and the Alps.
en Shaggy ink cap
The shaggy ink cap is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas. The young fruit bodies first appear as white cylinders emerging from the ground, then the bell-shaped caps open out. This mushroom is unusual because it will turn black and dissolve itself in a matter of hours after being picked or depositing spores. When young it is an excellent edible mushroom provided that it is eaten soon after being collected. (source: Wikipedia)
The sycamore is a flowering plant species in the soapberry and lychee family Sapindaceae. It is a large deciduous, broad-leaved tree, tolerant of wind and coastal exposure. It is native to Central Europe and Western Asia, from France eastwards to Ukraine, northern Turkey and the Caucasus and southwards in the mountains of northern Spain and Italy.
In its native range, the sycamore is associated with a biodiverse range of invertebrates and fungi, but these are not always present in areas to which it has been introduced. It is sometimes planted in urban areas for its value as an amenity tree and produces a hard-wearing, creamy-white close-grained timber that is used for making musical instruments, furniture, joinery, wood flooring and kitchen utensils. It also makes good firewood. The rising sap in spring has been used to extract sugar and make alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and honey is made by bees collecting its nectar. (source: Wikipedia)