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Object ID:            2013.090.011

Title:                     Black Willow

'Iipay Aa Name:  halesii

Habitat:                North America

Description:         Black Willow (Salix gooddingii) is a deciduous shrub or tree that can grow to one hundred feet tall. It is native to Southern California, but also grows throughout the Southwest and into northern Mexico. The tree has many trunks instead of one. Each trunk has many branches with long and skinny leaves three to five inches long. The leaves are shiny green on the top and dull green underneath. The bark is dark brown or black with ridges. The Black Willow has yellow flowers one to three inches long called catkins. Its fruit is a small reddish—brown capsule with tiny, hairy green seeds inside. The leaves and the bark were used for pain medicine. According to the research of Elizabeth Windsong the plant could be used on burns, ingested as a tea, made into a chorcoal poultice, used to tan hides, and has tannic acid. Its 'Iipay Aa name is halesii.

Dimensions:        H—12.7 W—20.32 cm

Kingdom:             Plantae (Plants)

Phylum:                Anthophyta (Flowering Plants)

Family:                  Salicaceae

Genus:                  Salix

Species:                 gooddingii

Collector:              Windsong, Elizabeth

Identified by:        Windsong, Elizabeth

Preparator:          Sanchez, Ashley