Salix humilis

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Common names: Prairie willow, Dwarf willow, Upland willow

Salix humilis
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Salix humilis with Viceroy butterfly just enclosed from chrysalis. Wade Tract, GA. Photo by Kevin Robertson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Order: Salicales
Family: Salicaceae
Genus: Salix
Species: S. humilis
Binomial name
Salix humilis
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Natural range of Salix humilis from the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Database.

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Salix humilis var. humilis; S. humilis var. hyporhysa Fernald


"Catkins firms, not pendulous. Staminate flower with 2-8 stamens subtended by 1 or 2 glands. Leaves usually more than 3X as long as wide; buds with 1 scale. Capsule basically ovoid." [1]

"Shrub; branchlets usually cinereous. Leaves glabrous above, glaucous and usually pubescent beneath, coarsely reticulate, oblanceolate, obovate, or elliptic, 1.5-11.5 cm long, 0.6-3 cm wide, acute or obtuse, entire or undulate-crenulate, revolute, base cuneate petioles usually pubescent, 1-9 mm long. Stamens 2, filaments glabrous. Fruiting catkins 1.5-3 cm long, 15-18 mm broad, subsessile; capsules grayish, pubescent, 7-9 mm long, pedicels 1-2 mm long." [1]



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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Radford, Albert E., Harry E. Ahles, and C. Ritchie Bell. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. 1964, 1968. The University of North Carolina Press. 358. Print.