SALICACEAE - Willow Family

Trees or shrubs with deciduous, alternate, and simple leaves

Plants are dioecious with unisexual, naked flowers in dense catkins

Fruit a capsule with many hairy seeds, the hairs aid in wind dispersal

2 genera, 340 species

Salix - 300 species, willows

Populus - 40 species, aspen, cottonwoods (this name comes from the hairs attached to the seed)

Economic importance: ornamentals, basket weaving, pulpwood,

Medicinal uses - aspirin is a derivative of salicyclic acid and is found in the inner bark of Salix

Diagnostic characteristics - woody, flowers in catkins, fruit a capsule with hairy seeds
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