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celia wrote: news:email@example.comBlack poplar is P. nigra
> Plant name translations
> Balsalm = Black Poplar ? Populus balsamifera
P. balsamifera is a North American species,
only introduced in Europe in the 17th c.
> Usually translated 'Balsalm Tree' this is a cop out.All big poplars have that very fragrant and sticky resin.
> It just means the tree gives resin so it might be
> the Silver Fir, Abies balsamea.
> Resin was essential as an adhesive and for dopping
> and other jewellery work when mixed with wax.
> The Black Poplar buds exude a waxy disinfectant
> that makes an ointment. the resin can be used for
> sore throats and coughs.
very fragrant and sticky resin. It is also collected by
> Possibly native in southern England,[...]
> introduced elsewhere in Britain.
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