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A kitten is a mostly male inflorescence on some trees and shrubs . The name goes back to its noticeably soft exterior, which is comparable to soft cat fur. Kittens consist of several inconspicuous individual flowers that grow as a compact cluster or ear . Most of the time kittens hang down from the branch , they are rarely erect. After emptying their pollen , they fall off as a whole. Examples of tree species that develop kittens include poplar , alder , hazel and willow .

The kittens of the Sal willow are known in Bavaria and Austria as palm kittens , as they are traditionally used for palm bushes when moving on Palm Sunday .

Web links

Wiktionary: Kitten  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Commons : kittens  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Wolfgang Pfeifer : Etymological Dictionary of German. 4th edition, dtv, Munich 1999, ISBN 978-3-423-32511-0 , p. 638.