Nail Galls on Common Lime leaves

Daily Walk in Difficult Times 29

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The village has several magnificent Common Lime trees, and also smaller new growths. Their lime green heart-shaped leaves freshly opened are a delight to see, whether in the full sun of the day or the gentle evening light. They are sometimes be-decked with strange bright red growths. These are Nail Galls, a characteristic reaction of the leaf to an invasion by small mites called Eriophyes tiliae which only live in leaves of this type.

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