Salix viminalis L.

Common Osier

Tall shrub or small tree. Bark fissured. Branchlets eventually yellowish brown. Leaves linear, long-pointed, to about 15 cm long, dull above, silky-hairy below, the margins bent back. Catkins appearing before the leaves.

Europe, N Asia

Once used for basketry.

Naturalised in the Kosciusco region of New South Wales where introduced for erosion control.

Leaves linear, long-pointed, crowded, densely hairy below, margins turned under.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Salicaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malpighiales
family       Salicaceae
genus        Salix L.