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Ivy Fruit- Hedera helix

Ivy Fruit- Hedera helix
This is a fruit cluster of the European Ivy - Hedera helix - also known as the Common Ivy, Atlantic Ivy, English Ivy, British Ivy, or just plain Ivy. This Ivy is a woody, evergreen climber which can grow to a height of 30m with the help of small hairs on their climbing stems which help it to cling to walls, trees etc. With leaves which are glossy and dark green with pale veins, the plant has two different forms, juvenile and mature. The leaves of the juvenile form have 3-5 lobes and a pale underside whereas the mature forms leaves are oval or heart shaped without lobes. Only mature forms produce flowers, which appear late in the year, on very small yellowish green berry type fruits which appear in small clusters known as umbels. These fruits then ripen, from November on, until they become black when they provide a good food supply to many birds during the worst of the European winter. It must be noted that this ivy is in no way related to the Poison Ivy found in North America.

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