A type of flower cluster in which many tiny flowers are attached to a single stem, often found in trees such as willows, birches, and oaks.
Derived from the middle low german word "katteken", meaning "little cat".
- The catkins on the willow tree swayed gently in the breeze.
- Catkins are often one of the first signs of spring, appearing before the leaves on the trees.
- Catkins are an important food source for many species of wildlife, including squirrels and birds.
- The long, dangling catkins of the birch tree are a distinctive feature of this species.
- Catkins are usually male flowers, which release their pollen to fertilize the female flowers on the same tree or on other trees of the same species.