What gems/plant is this?

I picked up this branch in a forest past winter. The white gems(?) are still intanct after three month, without water provisioning. Location: northern Italy. gems

Here is another pic of the inside, with scale. I have no image of the plantinner detail

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    Are the gems fruit, with seeds inside? Apr 24, 2018 at 4:55
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    A close up to gems and wood would help. Also a photo of complete brush could give hints. Apr 24, 2018 at 5:30
  • I have cut it open one of the white spheres and it is indeed an hollow sphere, so probably a dry fruit (shell is though to break)
    – griva89
    Apr 24, 2018 at 6:48

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I think these are catkins from one of the Salix species. Usually they are sold in late winter as spring announcers and retain their appearance for a few months.

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