Salix humilis Marsh.

  • Family: Salicaceae (willows, poplars, cottonwoods)
  • Common name: prairie willow

    Shrub to 3 m (9 ft) tall. Twigs upright, gray-pubescent, yellowish-brown or dark brown. Leaves dark green and glabrous above, glaucous and short-pubescent below with conspicuous yellow veins, oblanceolate to obovate, acute, 4-8 cm (1.6-3.2 in) long and 1-2.5 cm (0.4-1 in) wide, margins coarsely and irregularly toothed or almost entire. Catkins emerging before the leaves, 1-3 cm (0.4-1.2 in) long, dark brown or purplish. Capsules about 6 mm (1/4 in) long, egg-shaped, pubescent.

    Distribution: Native to southeastern Canada south through the Great Plains to Texas.
    Habitat: Upland prairies and savannas.
    NWI status: FACU
    Comment: Salix is the old Latin name for the willows; humilis refers to the low stature of the plant.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/17/99
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