Salix babylonica L.

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Salix babylonica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Salix babylonica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Salix babylonica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

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Common names: Weeping willow (English)
Status: Introduced
Deciduous tree with a typical drooping appearance. Leaves alternate, narrowly lanceolate with finely serrate margins. Flowers (only female) in pendent catkin-spikes. Fruit absent.
Notes: In Southern Africa it has been widely planted near streams and dams. As only female trees have been introduced, nearly all specimens in Zimbabwe were originally planted. Only rare circumstances of accidental vegetative reproduction may have produced "naturalised" specimens.
Derivation of specific name: babylonica: of Babylon
Habitat: By streams and dams
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to China but introduced from Europe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 5 May 2006

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 233.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 75.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100.

Wilmot-Dear, C.M. (1991). Salicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Page 124.

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Flora of Botswana: Salix babylonica
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Salix babylonica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Salix babylonica
African Plant Database: Salix babylonica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Salix babylonica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Salix babylonica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Salix babylonica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Salix babylonica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Salix babylonica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Salix babylonica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Salix babylonica
JSTOR Plant Science: Salix babylonica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Salix babylonica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Salix babylonica
Plants of the World Online: Salix babylonica
Tropicos: Salix babylonica
Wikipedia: Salix babylonica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Salix babylonica., retrieved 7 December 2021

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