Salix aegyptiaca L., Cent. Pl. I 1: 33 33 1755. (Syn: Salix medemii Boiss.; Salix nitida J. F. Gmel.; Salix phlomoides M. Bieb.

S- & E-European Russia, S-Ukraine, Crimea, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan,
Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey (E-Anatolia, SE-Anatolia), Iran (EC-Iran,
NE-Iran: Mts., N-Iran, Iranian Aserbaijan, W-Iran, W-Iran), Iraq (NE-Iraq),
Afghanistan (Balkh, Kandahar, widely planted), Pakistan (I) (Baluchistan (I),
Punjab (I))
as per Catalogue of Life;




Kalatope id al120311: 11 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).

Found a tree growing in some fields…
Location: Kalatope, Chamba, HP
Altitude: 2100 mt
Habitat: fields ?
habit: tree
height: 3-4 mts
Season: flowering now 

– The correct name for Indian Salix caprea is now S. aegyptiaca L., (syn: Salix caprea Hook.f. (non L.))

Local name Bred Mushk

– Funny, it is the only willow tree I’ve seen around here.. must have been planted by someone…

– The earliest species of Salix to flower in Himalayas. The catkins are very dense and fragrant.



– The female of this species…. presenting… ‘Lady’ Salix aegyptica with her flower/fruit..??

Yes, this is Salix aegyptiaca L.

I am desperately looking for “Salix Aegyptiaca“. The essential oil extract from this plant forms a very important ingredient of a medicine which has shown some promise in a rare disorder called “MSA” or Multiple System Atrophy.
My mother is suffering from this devastating disease. And the only Unani medicine that has shown some promise is something we are trying to make. All other ingredient / herbal extracts we have managed to find apart from “Salix Aegyptiaca” essential oil.
I need half to one kg of either the flowers (“male catkins”) or bark or branches of this tree.
I will be forever be grateful for any help extended to find this medicinal plant for my mother.
ps: I found a discussion on “salix aegyptiaca” on this forum of google group. Here is the link.
Here is a very good paper mentioning the medicinal value of “Salix Aegyptiaca

Very common in Kashmir. One of the earliest plants to flower in Kashmir in February March when thick fragrant spikes appear at tips of branches before leaves. The tree has broad ovate-elliptic leaves for rest of the year. Every gardener in Kashmir would know.

Salix aegyptiaca L.
syn: S. caprea auct. (non L.)
Graceful tree becomes laden with fragrant catkins in February-March in Kashmir, much before the leaves start appearing. Mature leaves look similar to S. wallichiana but easily differentiated by large leaflets.
Photographed from Iqbal (Hazuribagh) Garden in Srinagar, Kashmir. 



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