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Spindle Euonymus europaeus 

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Spindle twig. The twig is dark green and the berries are often present through the winter. Buds in pairs.

Spindle's simple pinnate leaf Spindle flowers in mid May.
Bisexual spindle flowers showing four greeny-white petals, four stamens and a central style/stigma. Four tiny green sepals are also present. Spindle berries. They are POISONOUS and strongly purgative.
SPINDLE Euonymus europaeus

Spindle is a bush or small tree found in the woodland edges along the path leaving the Common as it climbs to Cabin Hill. It is also found in the wooded areas and  hedgerows in the surrounding farmland areas. Spindle grows on the heavy base rich clays of Es{mx. The flowers borne by the Spindle may be8male, female or bisexual (hermaphrodite). For most of the winter months the red fruits with orange berries can be seen on the bushes. They are poisonous.  It is an ancient woodland indicator, and also indicates an ancient hedge when present. The  wood was once used for making spindles and skewers.

Pink berry with orange seed.