5 responses to “Salix sp.”

  1. Laura Kilpatrick

    I am interested in learning more about botany and all its inclusions. I’m a woman in my early 50’s so I can’t have the formal, lengthy training, but I am willing to go to classes to learn more…where do I start?
    Thank you for your help.

  2. mscott1953

    I see the pine cone willow gall and I notice the leaves. I have this problem with my houseplants and my garden plants. Please could you give me some suggestion on how to get rid of this problem. Thank You m scott

  3. Eric La Fountaine

    Laura, I don’t know where you are located, but often universities, schools or local government agencies offer extension courses designed for adults. You might wish to check with your local schools. Also check out the UBC Botanical Garden Forums. It is a good source of botanical information that you can explore at your own pace.

    M. Scott, I do not know much about control of gall. You will find more info at the Michigan Entomological Society link .

    For another look at a fascinating gall formation, check out these woses.

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Laura, a good place to get a survey of the various areas of botany is an entry-level college or university textbook, which can often be found at used bookstores for a fraction of the original price.
    I’m also going to disagree with your assertion that being in your early 50s prevents pursuing formal training! Perhaps the situations and circumstances of your life would make things difficult, but I don’t think age in and of itself is a barrier these days to at least pursuing a bachelor’s degree (beyond that depends on the institution and the graduate advisor, so that might still be difficult). There are plenty of “mature students” here at UBC, though.

  5. ann crawford

    Laura, worry not. I got a BS in botany at age 63.
    Take plenty of chemistry too -it’s really fun.

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