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Product: Willow

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   Willow belongs to these categories: Building materials, Important drugs
   and originated in Eurasia

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WILLOW

Salix alba L. (Salicaceae).

Given its scientific name by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753, based on European material. Linnaeus commented on the difficulty of untangling the species of willows, and said his descriptions were imperfect.

Native all over Europe, Eurasia and the Mediterranean; introduced in temperate parts of the Americas.

Life form: long-lived tree, often of wet places.

Parts used: twigs used for crafts; bark for medicine; timber for cricket bats.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Clifford Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Salix babylonica L. - Chinese Willow)