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Willow catkins

Observed: 17th April 2011 By: landgirllandgirl’s reputation in Plantslandgirl’s reputation in Plantslandgirl’s reputation in Plantslandgirl’s reputation in Plantslandgirl’s reputation in Plants
Catkins
Closeup of catkins
Description:

At the edge of the grassland. I think these are the female catkins of Salix caprea, but willing to be corrected!

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Goat Willow (Salix caprea) interacts

Comments

Rachy Ramone's picture

Pooh, I clicked too quickly!

Actually, I think it's more likely to be Grey Willow with those catkins.

Not sure what to do now!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

lavateraguy's picture

But the leaves ...

... look like Salix caprea to me.

cicuta58's picture

Leaves

The leaves are much too broad for S. cinerea. The only other possible is S. x reichardtii (caprea x cinerea) but it is always a matter of choice (and mystery) when the hybrid becomes caprea!

cicuta58

Rachy Ramone's picture

OK, thanks...

... S. caprea it is.

I do find it very hard to ID from photos, and it's very helpful to have comments like these, to point out the useful characteristics.

*gets tape measure, to do some research on willow leaf width*

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY