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Salix viminalis

Saule des vanniers/Osier vert
Basket Willow

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Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

green

Flower size

catkins 30 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May

Leaf type

Linear

Height

3-6 m

Description

A shrub with long, erect, straight branches with greenish-grey bark. The flexible twigs (withies) are used in basketry.

Commonly found near streams or wet places.

Flowers

Flowers (catkins) are produced before the leaves. Male and female flowers are on separate shrubs. Male catkins are yellow and oval-shaped, female catkins are thread-like and more cylindrical.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. Long, slender, grey hairy beneath, 10-25 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: in 2 parts, splits open when ripe, fluffy seeds.

Medical

Bark: willow bark has been used since the 1st century A.D. for pain relief and to lower fever. Willow yields salicylic acid, which was first synthesized in 1838 and provides the basis of aspirin.

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