Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Salix lasiandra Benth.
- Family: Willow (Salicaceae)
- Flowering: March-May
- Field Marks: This willow is a tree with smooth, shiny twigs and lanceolate leaves with longpointed tips and glaucous underneath. There are small glands on the leaf stalk.
- Habitat: Along streams.
- Habit: Tree to 50 feet tall.
- Bark: Bark rough, brown.
- Stems: Twigs smooth, shiny, reddish.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, lanceolate, up to 4 1/2 inches long, up to 1 3/4 inches wide, long-pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, smooth, glaucous on the lower surface, with tiny glandular teeth along the edges; leaf stalk up to 3/4 inch l
- Flowers: Male and female flowers borne separately in separate spikes, the male spikes up to 2 1/2 inches long, the female spikes up to 4 1/2 inches long.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 4-5, the base of the filaments hairy.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Fruits: Capsules lanceoloid, up to 1/3 inch long, smooth.
- Notes: Deer and elk may browse the young shoots of this plant.
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