IotW: Salix

Salix Photo: Maxwell Odland

Photo: Maxwell Odland

Last week brought Junuary sunshine and warmth to northern California, and golden buds on golden willows in mountain meadows.

Salix (the genus for nearly 400 willow species ) are a common sight in wetlands and waterways around the northern hemisphere. You may be more familiar with these plants from more than stream-side jaunts, though. Their bark contains a medicinal compound that soothes aches and pains. That compound, salicylic acid, is a common ingredient in modern painkillers.

One response to “IotW: Salix

  1. that is very interesting, Max. Thanks again. I had a niceb few days with your Dad last weekend when he flew out here for the weekend.—Paupau

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