Plant ID forum: Gall on Willow

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BeKind
Sep 8, 2015 12:31 PM CST
Anyone know name of attached?
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dave
Sep 8, 2015 12:35 PM CST

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In what part of the world was this photo taken?

BeKind
Sep 8, 2015 12:41 PM CST
Michigan...
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 8, 2015 12:44 PM CST
Hi BeKind, Welcome! to All Things Plants!

My first thought was it reminded me of Hops
Hops (Humulus lupulus 'Hallertauer')
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
but the leaves aren't right for that.

I have no idea what that interesting plant is but I'm pretty sure one of our members would be able to narrow it down if as Dave suggested you could tell us where it's growing ... city, state or country and if it's a current photo or what time of year the photo was taken.
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BeKind
Sep 8, 2015 1:00 PM CST
Plant found at a nature preserve. Taken late June.
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Leftwood
Sep 8, 2015 1:52 PM CST
The "flower balls" are one of the many galls on willows, and induced by an insect: a gall midge, most likely. Of course, they are not real flowers at all; they are the willow's growth reaction to the bug infections. I you were to look at them now (months later), they would probably be dried up, and depending on the type, look like a wooden flower bud or open flower. Nice additions for a dried flower arrangement.
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BeKind
Sep 8, 2015 2:00 PM CST
Thank you so very much. Thank You!
Name: josephine
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frostweed
Sep 8, 2015 2:23 PM CST
Is that a Willow? and if so what kind? I have never seen a willow with such wide leaves and would love to know which one it is. Smiling
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Chillybean
Sep 8, 2015 2:52 PM CST
No wonder I could not find it when going through white flowers of Michigan! The only galls I have around here are the hackberry type. Rather boring.
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JRsbugs
Sep 8, 2015 2:58 PM CST
A gall midge (Rhabdophaga strobiloides) is responsible for the willow bud going haywire and developing abnormally.


https://naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com/2012/0...
Name: josephine
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frostweed
Sep 8, 2015 3:07 PM CST
Thank you, I have seen galls on different trees and that one is really neat, but I still don't know which willow that is. Smiling
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plantladylin
Sep 8, 2015 3:12 PM CST
For comparison, Salix cordata with the galls: http://www.google.com/search?q=Salix+cordata+gall&hl=en&gbv=...
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Sep 8, 2015 5:30 PM CST
Thank you, Salix cordata does look close to the one in the picture. Smiling
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JRsbugs
Sep 8, 2015 6:17 PM CST
There's too many to say which salix it is for sure.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salix_fragilis_001.j...

There's 34 species listed for Michigan.

http://luirig.altervista.org/flora/taxa/north-america.php?st...



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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Sep 8, 2015 6:49 PM CST
There are many, many willows with wide leaves. I just went out in the yard and took these pics:
Salix cinerarea and S. cinerarea 'Variegata'
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Salix chaenomeloides
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Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys' and S. schraderiana
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Although those (above) are Eurasian willows, there are many American ones with wide leaves, too.
Salix candida
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I guess I don't have a pic of Salix repens foliage
Salix repens 'Iona Form'
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I've never had any galls on my willows, but they are common in the wild here.

Name: josephine
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frostweed
Sep 8, 2015 7:02 PM CST
I guess willows with wide leaves don't grow in my area, that is why I was surprised. Smiling
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