Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Salix planifolia Pursh
- Family: Willow (Salicaceae)
- Flowering: May-June
- Field Marks: This shrubby willow may be distinguished by its usually toothless, smooth leaves up to 3/4 inch wide.
- Habitat: Along streams, moist meadows, fens.
- Habit: Shrub with numerous trunks, up to 10 feet tall.
- Twigs: Reddish brown, smooth, shiny.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, elliptic to oblanceolate, up to 2 1/2 inches long, up to 3/4 inch wide, pointed or rounded at the tip, rounded or tapering to the base, paler on the lower surface, smooth at maturity, without teeth; leaf stalks up to 1
- Flowers: Crowded into slender spikes up to 1 1/2 inches long, appearing as the leaves
have begun to unfold; male spikes and female spikes borne separately; bracts black.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 2.
- Pistils: Ovary hairy.
- Fruits: Capsules ovoid, with a long neck, hairy, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Notes: The fruits may be found between June and August.
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