Monday, July 23, 2012

Weeping Willow tree (Salix babylonica, Babylon Willow, Peking Willow) - Riehen, Switzerland

Salix babylonica is a popular ornamental tree, and it was described and named by the famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1736. Linnaeus believed by mistake that the tree described in the Bible in the opening of Psalm 137 was a weeping willow and gave three the name babylonica, although the tree originates from northern China.

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