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Species from Willow Family, Salicaceae: 20

Willow Family, Salicaceae

The Willow family is comprised of almost 60 genera and 800 species worldwide, but in Finland it is represented by only 2 genera – genus Salix contains willow trees and genus Populus aspens and also poplars, which are ornamental trees in Finland. Strictly speaking there is only one truly feral representative of genus Populus in Finland: the aspen. There are 26 willow species (around 450 worldwide), and if sub-species and hybrids are counted Finland’s number rises to 50.
Traditionally the Willow family used to contain only 3 genera, but modern research of this millenium has seen the family grow, although it has had no effect in a Finnish context.

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