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Salix babilonica (Buon Natale)


Salix babilonica (Buon Natale)
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-16
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS-DX
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-21 4:42
Viewed: 2978
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sto' partendo per l'Umbria. Buon Natale a tutti!

I'll having some holiday in Umbria. Marry Christmas to all and.... soon!

Regno:Plantae

Sottoregno: Tracheobionta

Superdivisione: Spermatophyta

Divisione: Magnoliophyta

Classe: Magnoliopsida

Ordine: Malpighiales

Famiglia: Salicaceae

Genere: Salix

Specie: S. babylonica

Il salice piangente (Salix babylonica L. e alcuni ibridi ornamentali da questo derivati) è uno dei salici maggiormente utilizzati per scopo ornamentale. Il salice piangente è un albero deciduo che raggiunge normalmente l'altezza di 10-15 m (può arrivare a 25). Cresce rapidamente, ma ha una vita relativamente breve. I rami sono penduli e sottili, caratteristica esaltata nelle varietà ornamentali. L'albero assume così un portamento particolare, riverso in basso. Le foglie sono disposte a spirale, di colore verde chiaro, strette e lunghe (0,5-2 x 4-16 cm), appuntite, con margini finemente seghettati. In autunno, prima di cadere, diventano giallo dorato. I fiori, come in tutti i salici, sono riuniti in amenti, che appaiono precocemente in primavera. Gli amenti maschili e femminili compaiono su alberi distinti (pianta dioica). I frutti sono capsule, con molti piccoli semi provvisti ciascuno di un ciuffo di peli bianchi e setosi. In natura, Salix babylonica è limitato alle regioni temperate della Cina. La specie molto affine Salix matsudana, anch'essa della Cina temperata, è considerata da molti autori una varietà o una sottospecie di Salix babylonica. Già in tempi remoti si diffuse l'uso di questo salice per scopi ornamentali, prima in Cina e poi, seguendo la via della seta, verso occidente. Alcune varietà ornamentali, in particolare Salix babylonica 'Pendula', hanno origine antica. Oggi, per scopo ornamentale, sono molto usati gli ibridi con Salix alba (denominato Salix x sepulcralis) e con Salix fragilis (denominato Salix x pendulina). La varietà ornamentale attualmente più diffusa in Europa è Salix x sepulcralis 'Chrysocoma', indicata anche come Salix x chrysocoma.

Salix babylonica (Babylon Willow (var. babylonica) or Peking Willow (var. matsudana); Chinese: 垂柳) is a species of willow native to dry areas of northern China, but cultivated for millennia elsewhere in Asia, being traded along the silk road to southwest Asia and Europe . It is a large-sized to medium deciduous tree, growing up to 20-25 m tall. It grows rapidly, but has a short lifespan. The shoots are yellowish-brown, with small buds. The leaves are spirally arranged, narrow, light green, 4-16 cm long and 0.5-2 cm broad, with finely serrate margins and long acuminate tips ; they turn a gold-yellow in autumn. The flowers are arranged in catkins produced early in the spring; it is dioecious, with the male and female catkins on separate trees. The scientific name babylonica derives from a misunderstanding by Linnaeus that it was the tree described in the Bible in Psalm 137, "By the rivers of Babylon, ... hung our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof ...". However, the tree named gharab in early Hebrew, is now known as Populus euphratica. Many botanists, notably the Russian willow expert Alexey Skvortsov, treat the Chinese Willow Salix matsudana as a synonym of Salix babylonica; it is also native to northern China. The only reported difference between the two is that S. matsudana has two nectaries in each female flower, whereas S. babylonica has only one; however, this character is variable in many willows (e.g., Crack Willow Salix fragilis can have either one or two), so even this difference may not be significant. Early Chinese cultivar selections include the original Weeping Willow Salix babylonica 'Pendula', in which the branches and twigs are strongly pendulous. However, most Weeping Willows outside China are hybrids between this cultivar, and either White Willow Salix alba (Salix × sepulcralis 'Chrysocoma') or Crack Willow Salix fragilis (Salix × pendulina Wenderoth), which are better adapted to the more humid climates of most heavily populated regions of Europe and North America. The most widely grown Weeping Willow cultivar is Salix × sepulcralis 'Chrysocoma', with bright yellowish shoots. It has also been introduced into many other areas, but has not generally been successfully cultivated outside China, being very short-lived and unsightly due to canker diseases in the more humid climates in much of Europe and North America. It is particularly susceptible to canker disease, Willow Anthracnose (Marssonina salicicola) and sensitive to late-spring frosts.

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Ciao Roberto!
Amazing tree. Amazing Winter. Excellent snow. Fine lightness and brightness. Good contrast.
Superb POV and capture.
Very good note.
Well done!

splendida scultura vegetale
auguri a te e ai tuoi famigliari,Roberto

buon viaggio sERGIO

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-21 5:03]

Bonjour Roberto,
Absente quelques jours je vois que tu as été assidu à la tâche..
Quelle apparition que ce saule en habit hivernal, le froid est donc descendu jusqu'à vous! On dirait un fantôme!!
Image vraiment originale.
Joyeuses Fêtes à toi et ta famille
Amitiés
Anne

Hello Roberto,
Nice composition, amazing tree. Very good contrast, sharpness and excellent focus. Indeed a nice image for holidays.
Merry Christmas!
Marius.

Ciao Robero, favolosa cascata di ghiaccio, splendida cartolina augurale, salice freezato che di più non si può, buon rientro a Spoleto e tanti auguri di buon Natale a te e famiglia, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-21 6:11]

Hello Roberto,
A wonderful capture of this lovely weeping Willow covered in frost! It's beautifully framed by the two Birches too. Beautiful colours and details and a great Christmas greeting.
TFS and best wishes to you for Christmas! Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-21 6:18]

Hi,
Very interesting image and amazing too, well captured. tfs.
nagraj.v

Lovely like a strange fairytale friend Roberto! Very artistic and fine presentation and to be honest I am a bit jellos that we do not have this kind of weather in our province Gauteng. Beautiful, natural and in the same time truly strange like a frame from Avatar movie! Have a happy holidays my friend!
Regards,
George Veltchev

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-21 6:29]

Hello Roberto,
Impressive winter scene. It's also winter in Italy I see. We've got 25 cm of snow in the last week. The light on the tree is very beautiful. Taken from a very good POV.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family.
Regards,
Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-21 6:31]

Ciao Roby,auguri anche a te e ,mi raccomando, a tutta la tua simpaticissima e ospitalissima famiglia,spero troverai l'autostrada libera,dai un'occhio all'orchidea..ehehe...e grazie per questo stupendo salice con le lacrime di ghiaccio.Luciano.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-21 7:13]

Hello Roberto
Wow!
Amazing winter capture
Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing
Razvan

wow, amazing winter pic, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-21 7:46]

Ciao Roberto,
A fine capture of a Weeping Willow in the frost covering that makes it suitable to mark Christmas. Thanks and Happy Christmas to you in Umbria and a Happy 2011.
Ciao,
Ivan

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-21 9:22]

Hi Roberto,
Splendid photo-composition for this Christmas Time, TFS!

Hi Roberto
This Salix babylonica is a dominant tree, a very beautiful winter photo. Thank you for this scene. Best wishes, Pambos

Ciao Roberto.
Che spetacoli che ofre la natura!Nolto bravo ha raccogliere questa immagine una foto veranente artistica,bellala composizione con questa cascata di ghiocco in poche parole BELLISSINA.
Tanti auguri di buone feste da Marco ciao,

Hi Roberto.
Beautiful photo with impressive composition and nice winter colours.
Regards, Christodoulos.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-21 12:06]

Hello Roberto.
You have shared a nice picture of winter us at showing .Gentle draw of winter is very precisely transferred by you.Wonderful shot. good sharpness.I like it so much. Very well done and TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-12-21 13:39]

Hello Roberto,
What a great picture from winter,excellent tree,snow and wonderful capture.TFS.
regards,
Dûrzan

excellent subject and photo! merry Christmas Roberto!

Wow, what an amazing sight. Nice work.

Ciao Roberto
il copyright per queste immagini è di Luciano, ma visto che la galaverna ha bussato alla tua porta hai fatto bene ad approfittarne.
Tanti auguri di Buon Natale anche a Te e ai Tuoi cari
Buone vacanze
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Roberto, splendida galaverna ripresa con una luce davvero molto bella. Oggi difficilmente potresti riprendere un'immagine simile. Divertiti in Umbria e buon Natale anche a te. Un saluto, Paolo

Ciao Roberto,
Una immagine deliziosa! ... La ringrazio molto!
Buon Natale a te e alla tua famiglia!
Ti mando un abbraccio, caro amico!
Saluti,
Jesús

Buena y original referencia para felicitarnos las fiestas Roberto.
Te deseo también unas felices fientas Navideñas en companía de la familia
así como un próspero 2011.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Hi Roberto.
Beautiful. Was is shot in Pandora ? (for those who've seen Avatar)
TFS
JM

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-01-04 15:21]

Ciao Roberto!
Fantastica questa foto...sembra un'incisione.
Bellissimi colori naturali e perfetta la cornice nera.
Complimenti.
Ciao! Vanda

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