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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

21. Salicaceae, the Willow Family

2. Salix L. -- Willow

4. Salix candida Fluegee -- Sage-leaved willow, hoary willow


Low shrub to 1.5 m tall; twigs yellow to reddish-brown or brown, usually with patches of white tomentum; branchlets strongly ascending, yellow to brown, mostly white-tomentose. Leaves dark green and glabrate or thinly white-tomentose above, densely white-tomentose beneath, linear-oblong to oblong or narrowly lanceolate, acute at the tip, cuneate at the base, mostly 3-9(11) cm long, 0.5-1.5(2) cm wide, the margin revolute; petioles glandless, 3-10 mm long; stipules persistent, obliquely ovate to lanceolate, 2-10 mm long, tomentose, entire or serrulate. Catkins emerging with the leaves; female catkins 1.5-4.5 cm long, on leafy branchlets 4-15 mm long, with 2 or 3 small leaves; bracts persistent, yellow to brown, villous; stamens 2. Capsules narrowly ovoid, 4-8 mm long, white-tomentose; stipes 1 mm long. May--Jun. Cold springs, fens and boggy areas associated with marshes and streams; e, c and nw ND, ne SD and the Black Hills; uncommon; (Labr. to AK, s to NJ, PA, OH, IL, SD, CO, ID and s B.C.).
GIF- Distribution Map

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