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Grey Willow (Salix cinerea)

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Grey Willow is a shrub or small tree growing up to 15m. The twigs are downy when young. The catkins appear in March and April, before the leaves. The leaves are slightly narrower than those of Goat Willow (Salix Caprea). The male catkins are 2-4cms long and the female catkins 3-7cms long. The catkins have many white silvery hairs. The male catkins have two golden stamens per flower and the female flowers downy green ovaries and 2 green stigma. The male and female catkins are produced on different trees. The leaves, when they appear, are pointed at the tip. The plant is very common in woods and wet places. Picture taken 29th April 2006 at Felmersham, Bedfordshire

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1st May 2006 by Diane Earl

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Biology, Science

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Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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plant flower leaves catkins tree wildlife

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