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Conkers-horse chestnut seeds are ripe!

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday round 72!

Conkers are done and ready for the game.
Do you know what conkers are?

Conkers is a traditional children's game played using the seeds of horse-chestnut trees. The name "conker" is also applied to the Horse chestnut-Aesculus hippocastanum tree seed and to the tree itself, in some parts of the world.

Horse chestnut-Aesculus hippocastanum is a large deciduous tree, also known as Conker tree. This beautiful ornamental with white blossoms in May, grows to 36 m tall, with a domed crown of stout branches.
Aesculus hippocastanum is native to a small area of the Balkans in southeast Europe, but widely cultivated throughout the temperate world. The North American species in the same family are the buckeyes.
Horse chestnut tree-Aesculus hippocastanum
The fruit matures to a 2–6 cm diameter, globose, spiky capsule, that splits into three sections, releasing 1-3 glossy, dark-brown seeds. With these seeds children play the conker game, at least they did before the computer era.
Horse chestnut fruits-spiky capsules closeup
The game is played by two players, each with a conker threaded onto a piece of string. They take turns striking each other's conker until one breaks.

Our red flowering variety, another members of the genus that we often call the Red horse chestnut (Aesculus × carnea) is a hybrid between Aesculus hippocastanum and the Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia), or Firecracker Plant.

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15 comments:

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous shots. I love the feel of horse chestnut seeds. I always gather a bunch in the early fall.

Karin M. said...

Great shots .... fantastic ...
LG: Karin

Nayana said...

beautiful shots..I have never known anything about them before...thanks for sharing:)

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

Nice captured :)

Lui said...

They look perfect to decorate and mix with potpourris. The game sounds fun, Maia! And your photos are clear and sharp!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Maia, thanks for the info, I had no idea and what fantastic shots.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I love your photo of the chestnut seeds

Ruth said...

Loved the 1st photo. Beautiful macro shot!

Thanks for hosting this meme.

SquirrelQueen said...

Your photos are beautiful Maia, I really like the first one. I have never heard of this game before but I'm sure the children loved it.

Eden said...

Beautiful photos.


Have a lovely weekend!

Roan said...

Beautiful! Love the first one.

Sara Chapman said...

I love the chestnuts photo. They are so silky smooth! Love to hold one in my hand.

My garden haven said...

Thank you so much - I used to read about playing with conkers in children's books when I was a child!The photos are so clear, great reproduction, Maia.
Rosie

Míriam Luiza said...

Amei as fotos. Este post é interessante e informativo. Boa semana a todos!

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Great details of the fruit of this gorgeous tree.

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