Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Hoary Willow (Salix candida)
- Family: Willow (Salicaceae)
- Flowering: May-July.
- Field Marks: This shrubby willow is further distinguished by the mat of dense white hairs on the lower surface of the leaves.
- Habitat: Bogs, marshes.
- Habit: Shrub to 2 1/2 feet tall.
- Stems: Upright, branched, brown, very hairy when young, becoming smooth.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, narrowly oblong, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, with or without teeth, densely white-hairy on the lower surface, up to 3 inches long, less than 1 inch wide.
- Flowers: Many flowers crowded into dense, cylindrical spikes up to 2 inches long; the male and female flowers borne in different spikes; each flower tiny, subtended by a bract.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 2.
- Pistils: Ovary 1.
- Fruits: Capsules lanceoloid, white-hairy, about 1/3 inch long.
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