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Shrub, tree; dioecious ( monoecious).
Stem: trunk < 40 m; wood soft; bark smooth, bitter; buds scaly.
Leaf: simple, alternate, deciduous; stipules generally present, deciduous or not, often large.
Inflorescence: catkin [or various, or flowers 1]; each flower subtended by 1 bract.
Flower: perianth modified into non-nectariferous, cup- or saucer-shaped structure or reduced to adaxial nectary (rarely also with abaxial nectary, then free or fused into shallow cup).
Staminate flower: stamens 2–many.
Pistillate flower: pistil 1, ovary superior to 1/2-inferior, chambers generally 2–4, placentas parietal, stigma lobes 2–4.
Fruit: berry, drupe, or 2–4-valved capsule.
Seed: often with basal tuft of hairs.
58 genera, 1210 species: widespread in tropics, n temperate, arctic. Now including many genera (e.g., Flacourtia, Idesia, Xylosma) formerly in Flacourtiaceae, at least in part because of presence on leaf margins in both families of salicoid teeth (vein extending to tooth tip). In CA (and generally outside CA), Populus pollinated by wind, Salix by insects, wind. Hybrids common; identification often difficult. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Key to Salicaceae
Shrub, tree; dioecious; bud scale 1, not sticky, margins generally fused (or free, overlapping).Key to Salix
Stem: twigs generally flexible, generally not glaucous.
Leaf: generally alternate; stipules generally vestigial on first leaves, leaf-like on later; mature blade linear to broadly obovate, entire to toothed, generally ± hairy; petiole glands generally 0.
Inflorescence: catkin, blooming before, with, or after leaves, sessile or terminating ± short leafy or bracted shoot ("on leafy shoot" or "on bracted shoot"; " catkin length" including leafless or bractless part of subtending shoot); 1 flower bract subtending each flower, deciduous or persistent, brown, black, or 2-colored (paler proximally, darker distally; darker generally ± brown).
Flower: perianth reduced to adaxial nectary (rarely also with abaxial nectary, then free or fused into shallow cup).
Staminate flower: stamens (1)2(10); nectary generally 1.
Pistillate flower: ovary stalked or sessile, style generally 1, stigmas 2, each 2-lobed, deciduous or persistent; nectary generally 1, generally rod-like.
Fruit: valves 2.
± 450 species: ± worldwide, especially n temperate, arctic. (Latin: ancient name) [Argus 1997 Madroño 44:115–136] Difficult, highly variable, many hybrids. Not all specimens key easily; sprouts, other extreme forms not included in keys, may require field comparisons. Studies of chromosome numbers, hybridization needed. Inclusion of Salix sessilifolia Nutt. in TJM (1993) based on misidentification of plants belonging to Salix melanopsis. Fr length as given throughout excludes the stalk (stipe). Hair lengths: minute, < ± 0.5 mm; short, ± 0.5 mm; long, > ± 0.5 mm. Salix commutata Bebb, treated as misapplied to Salix eastwoodiae in TJM (1993), may occur in n CA mtns; Salix bonplandiana expected in s-most CA. For alternate treatments, see Dorn (e.g., 2000 Brittonia 52:1–19).
Unabridged references: [Dorn, R. D. 1995. A taxonomic study of Salix section Cordatae subsection Luteae (Salicaceae). Brittonia 47: 160–174. Dorn, R. D. 1998. A taxonomic study of Salix section Longifoliae (Salicaceae) Brittonia 50: 193–210. Dorn, R. D. 2000. A taxonomic study of Salix sections Mexicanae and Viminella subsection Sitchenses (Salicaceae) in North America. Brittonia 52: 1–19.]
Shrub, small tree, < 10 m.
Stem: twigs spreading widely, yellow-green or red-brown, soft-shaggy-hairy.
Leaf: later stipules leaf-like, vestigial or not; petiole 2–13 mm; young leaves hairy; mature blade 20–87 mm, elliptic to narrowly obovate, acuminate (base convex to wedge-shaped), entire to crenate, abaxially generally tomentose or hairs long-silky on veins, wavy, to ± 0.
Inflorescence: blooming just before or with leaves, pistillate 16–75 mm, on leafy shoots 1–26 mm; flower bract ± tan.
Staminate flower: stamens 2.
Pistillate flower: ovary long-beaked, silky, stalk 2–6 mm, style 0.1–0.4 mm.
2n=38. Streamsides, lakeshores; 1000–1400 m. n Modoc Plateau (Lower Klamath Lake, Siskiyou Co.; Goose Lake, Modoc Co.);
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Next taxon: Salix boothii
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html [accessed on month, day, year]
Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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