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Apr
09

Salix Melanostachys

201. Not Your Mother Language

201. Not Your Mother Tongue

Salix melanostachys?

Definitely NOT in my mother tongue. I sometimes wonder how anyone can be a botanist, when every plant has a name with at least 6 syllables. I’m more acquainted with this tree’s English name, the Black Pussy Willow. On a recent trip to our Arboretum, I photographed nine kinds of pussy willow trees, including the Black, Fantail, Big Catkin, and Japanese Pussy Willow.

Pussy willows are one of the first signs of spring in my part of the world. I love pussy willows!

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11 Responses to “Salix Melanostachys”


  1. April 5, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    This is gorgeous! I’m late coming to visit your blog but I’ve been missing out. Great stuff!

  2. 2 tmcchesney
    April 5, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I have never seen black pussy willows – these are incredible!

  3. April 6, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I’ve never seen black pussy willows either. I thought this was a cuckelburr or something. Great shot. I like the sharp contrast of colors. Lighting is terrific. Good job.

  4. 4 Gandalf
    April 6, 2009 at 7:20 am

    I love the variety in the bokeh – some a total blur and others a bit of a fade. Nice shot.

  5. April 6, 2009 at 7:31 am

    This is a well composed shot of a really pretty plant. I never see pussy willows out haere = no water. I didn’t know there were so many kinds.

  6. 6 janets365
    April 6, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Beautiful composition and bokeh! Add me to the list of those who have never seen black pussy willows.

  7. April 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Me neither, but I’d like to! Your photo is really quite spectacular – I love the red and black.

  8. April 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I have never seen a black pussy willow. They’re really quite unique.

  9. April 6, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    How interesting, I’ve never seen a black pussy willow either. I love your creative choice for this theme!

  10. April 6, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    How beautiful & unique! I’ve never seen a black one before. Great shot!

  11. April 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    What they said! Except for not seeing a black pussy willow which is the most striking of them all I think (and roots easily in water like most willows)


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