Unique willow discovered

Staff at Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust have found a willow experts believe has never been seen before.

The plant, which was discovered in Aylestone Meadows, Leicester, is a cross between goat, grey, purple and osier willow and is called Salix caprea x cinerea subsp. oleifolia x purpurea x viminalis.

Senior conservation officer Neill Talbot described the hybrid, found by his colleague Uta Hamzaoui, as "unique".

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