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Goat Willow

Observed: 30th June 2012 By: Ginny B
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Goat Willow

This thicket is growing on the north-facing coast where it is regularly burnt by the cold onshore winds and salt.The new leaves appear slighty downy on the underside; they are oval with a rather wrinkly surface; the tip is pointed and slightly bent to one side.

Species interactions

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Thank you.

Thank you for the identification. I have searched my books (old and not very comprehensive) for what this might be and none of the illustrations looked quite the same. It is good to know what it is at last.

It there a reason for the name 'Rusty'?

Ginny B

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Rusty Willow

It should generally have very short reddish on the underside of the leaves especially when young. It is very variable. I prefer the name Grey Willow which perhaps suits the other subspecies better as if is more grey woolly without the red hairs.


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Thank you

Ah, thank you. Next time I pass it I will look again to see if I can see the red hairs.


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No red hairs that I could see

I went back and had another closer look and could see no red hairs, just grey wool. Grey Willow would seem a more appropriate name for it!