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Scientific Name: Salix mucronata subsp. woodii
Alternative Names: Wildewilgerboom (afr), Munengeledzi (venda), Mogokare (n. sotho), Umngcunube (xhosa), Umnyezane, Umzekana (zulu).

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  • Perennial
  • Salix mucronata is indigenous and naturally found in a riverine habitat, along the stream and river banks of northern KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo flowing into the Indian Ocean.
  • It is a tall, evergreen to semi-deciduous tree that has an open crown and slightly drooping branches that may grow to 12 m, but usually does not reach much beyond 3 m (SA Tree List No. 36.2).
  • The foliage is simple and alternate with tapered ends and has a darker green colour on top with a lighter shade beneath.
  • Tiny yellow male and green female flowers grow in spikes in early spring and sometimes again in autumn.
  • The fruit is a small capsule that splits to release tufted, woolly seeds that are wind dispersed.
  • The Flute Willow is a hardy, fast grower and able to withstand frost and drought conditions although it prefers damp conditions.
  • Plant in sun or semi-shade.

Parts Used

  • The branch tips, leaves and roots.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Aspirin is a derivative of the willow species.
  • Willows contain salicortin and salicin.
  • Traditional uses includes applying bark powder to burns and brewing tea from the leaves to treat rheumatism and fever.
  • The tea also acts as a mild laxative.

For Animals. It is said that

  • A good fodder tree, leaves are eaten by livestock.

Other Uses

  • Tree branches are used to make baskets and the wood is carved to make household, as well as decorative items.
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