Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Sandbar Willow (Salix exigua)
- Family: Willow (Salicaceae)
- Flowering: April-June.
- Field Marks: This willow is distinguished by the fewer number of teeth along the margins of the leaves.
- Habitat: Along streams, sandbars, frequently forming thickets.
- Habit: Tree up to 25 feet tall, with an irregular crown.
- Bark: Gray, furrowed, broken into rough scales.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, very long and narrow, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, with widely spaced teeth, usually smooth at maturity, up to 4 inches long, less than 1/2 inch broad.
- Flowers: Many in elongated spikes up to 3 inches long; the male and female flowers borne separately on separate plants.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 2.
- Pistils: Ovary 1.
- Fruits: Capsules flask-shaped, smooth or silky, brownish, up to 1/8 inch long.
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