The thin, zig-zag structures at the tip of the stems in this image are the remnants of the peduncle that held last year’s female flowers and nutlets. After the nutlets mature and fall off or are eaten by wildlife, the peduncle remains on the twig and can serve as a clue to the genus Carpinus.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Betulaceae, Carpinus betulus, European hornbeam, common hornbeam, deciduous, tree