Photos of Fagus sylvatica, European Beech.

Fagus sylvatica, European Beech, a member of the Beech Family (Fagaceae). European Beech is one of Europe's largest trees, the nuts of which (called mast) were used as a food in times of famine. Their seed oil has been used as a cooking oil in Europe. Tar derived from the wood was formerly used as a an expectorant in bronchitis, and applied externally for various skin diseases. One of Europe's most important deciduous hardwoods. The beech forests depicted here (image numbers 724096-804280) are at Biogradska Gora National Park in Montenegro, protected since 1878.

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