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Good Vegetable and Medicine linked with a willow [オオバコ物語-跋扈柳にかけて ]

This collage is an example of the theme linked to other images at bottom.
Salix caprea col 030.

Plantago major 003-1 Grote weegbreeWeegbree

This is one of my ordinary grasses which are mixed with real vegetable in pan. The whole thing, leaves and root, is edible according to private experience that is not authorized at all.
Plantago major 03-2-2 Grote weegbree

How large are these leaves? I think its length about 10 cm, though it doesn’t look like so. Sometimes you will be able to observe giant leaves 15-20 cm of this kind.

Plantago major col 15-1 Grote weegbree

A genus includes sometimes hundreds of species, though there are cases that only one species makes one genus. The plantain (Weegbree in Dutch) is a famous grass for medicine. There are certainly a lot of plantains in Northern Hemisphere. Japanese name of this kind is O-ba-ko, means Great leaves. A representative O-ba-ko(大葉子) is ''Plantago asiatica'' which is known as the medicine by Nature. When I saw first time Europian O-ba-ko, I thought naturally that the common plantain ) just same as O-ba-ko. But `asiatica` and `major` dedicate diffrent species. How different are they? I have still no idea about it.

Plantago lanceolata col 04-1 Smalle weegbree

I know little in such plantain world, but except three of European kinds. Their outlooks differ clearly each other and have respectively characteristic flowers. About a group of a genus in a continent like Far East, North America and Europe we can find good explanation and comparison among them (within the area).

Plantago media Daro col 03 Ruige weegbree

It happens sometimes not easy to compare one from Far East with one from Europa. Both look similar; often seem to be almost same. but their scientific name are not same, because name-giving was by different biologists and time.

Plantago lanseolata 03-2

''Salix bakko'' is a name of willow kinds. Bakko is quoted from Japanese 跋扈(バッコ). It has been recognized a Japanese species. On the other hand I knew already 'Willow of Forest' or '''Goat willow' written as ''Salix caprea''.which grows widely in Europe. Once I uploaded images of ''Willow of Forest'' on a popular tree-site. The man of the site commented that your picture was alike Bakko-yanagi (yanagi = willow).

Salix caprea mannelijk 130412 c

In first decenia of 21 century someone has probably proved that those two species have exact same gene. There might be dozen of reports by different investigators, those who took examples in own country not only Europe and Japan but also other areas. In course of recent years I noticed ''Salix bakko'' as a synonym of ''Salix caprea''. I would like to prise the man of the Japanese Tree Site who pointed out thereof immediately when he saw my pictures. At the time, before the publication of identical tow names, I saw Bakko's pictures also first time, then thought : twin-like which are one among plenty of cases in ganre of Nomenclature.

Salixs caprea and Bakko col 01

Doing no examination in past couple of years, I'm a bit of curiosity on how about the relationship of European and Japanese plantains, saying stupidly 'they could be same just like Bakko and Caprea. Haha there is something to do with Bakko (it means : to behave dominantly / to be rampant).

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Victor Westhoff(1916-2001)碑文Hij observeertからのHNを本名と苗字に先立つ屋号に変更。ウエストホフは生物フローラの相互生息環境を丹念に観察したBiotop概念の先駆者。ザザーッとフィールドを歩きつつ、こぼれ見える外史/雑人/雑草の風景


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