Salix mucronata

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Salix mucronata
Salix mucronata - Cape Silver Willow - South Africa.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Salicaceae
Genus: Salix
Species: S. mucronata
Binomial name
Salix mucronata

Salix hirsuta
Salix capensis
Salix safsaf

Salix mucronata (commonly called the Cape silver willow or Safsaf willow) is a tall, graceful, evergreen willow tree. It grows along riverbanks in South Africa, and is used for a wide range of traditional medicines.
The Cape willow is dioecious (separate male and female trees).[1][2]


This variable-looking species was previously subdivided into a number of different species. These have now all been downgraded to just being subspecies of Salix mucronata. These subspecies include:

  • S. m. hirsuta (silver willow)
  • S. m. mucronata (Safsaf willow)
  • S. m. woodii (flute willow)
  • S. m. capensis (small-leaved willow)