The Willow/Osier (in ogham Saille) and Rowan (Luis)'s line in the Battle of the Trees (Cad Gaddeu) is"Willow and rowan were tardy in array." Both are associated with magic and fairies. Robert Graves says in The White Goddess how the old word for willow gave rise to wicker, witchcraft (and therefore, ultimately, Wicca)
The crack and goat willows and the osiers are native to the British Isles. The beautiful weeping willow is a native of China. It was introduced into England in the 19th century.
The asperin is derived from willow bark. It's name salicylic acid shows that derivation.
More information to come.
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