Salix caroliniana Michx.

  • Family: Salicaceae (willows, poplars, cottonwoods)
  • Common name: coastal plain willow, Carolina willow
  • Synonym: S. wardii, S. pitcheriana, S. occidentalis var. longipes, S. nigra var. longipes, S. nigra var. wardii, S. occidentalis, S. longipes, S. harbisonii, S. amphibia

    Shrub or small tree to 6 m (20 ft) tall, often with several trunks. Twigs reddish- to grayish-brown, thin, brittle. Leaves green above, pale- or white-glaucous below, lanceolate, 5-18 cm (2-7 in) long and 1-2 cm (0.4-3.3 in) wide, glabrous, acuminate, finely serrate, petioles hairy. Catkins 7.5-10 cm (3-4 in) long at ends of branchlets. Flowers very small, numerous, pale yellow.Capsules about 6 mm (1/4 in) long, egg-shaped, long-pointed.

    Distribution: Native to southeastern U. S., mostly on the coastal plain.
    Habitat: Streambanks and other wet places.
    NWI status: FACW+
    Comment: Salix is the old Latin name for the willows; caroliniana refers to Carolina.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/17/99
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