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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, northern 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 California (and generally outside California), Populus pollinated by wind, Salix by insects, wind. Hybrids common; identification often difficult. —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Key to Salicaceae
Tree. Stem: < 40 m; young bark smooth, pale yellow-green to gray; older bark furrowed, brown to gray; twigs with swellings below leaf scars; winter bud generally resinous, scales > 3. Leaf: juvenile, adult, late-season leaves may differ in size, shape, hairiness; generally glabrous; blade 3–11 cm, elliptic to deltate, veins pinnate or ± palmate, tip generally elongate. Inflorescence: catkin pendent, 3–8 cm; bract cut into narrow segments; flowers sessile; nectary a cup- or saucer-like disk. Flower: perianth modified into non-nectariferous, cup- or saucer-shaped structure. Staminate flower: stamens 8–60. Pistillate flower: style short, stigmas 2–3(4), large, scalloped to 2-lobed. Fruit: spheric to conic; valves 2–3(4), 3–12 mm.Key to Populus
40 species: northern hemisphere. (Latin: name for plants of this genus) [Hamzeh et al. 2006 J Torrey Bot Soc 133:519–527]
Unabridged references: [Hamzeh & Dayanandan 2004 Amer J Bot 91:1398–1408]
Tree < 20 m; crown wide. Stem: twigs yellow, gray in age, glabrous to hairy; winter buds resinous. Leaf: petiole 1/2 to = blade, laterally compressed; blade 3–7 cm, deltate, yellow-green, glabrous to hairy, often stained with milky resin, base ± cordate to truncate, tip ± tapered, margin coarsely scalloped.
Scattered. Alluvial bottomland, streamsides; < 2000 m. California (except Modoc Plateau); to central Rocky Mountains, northern Mexico. Hybrids with Populus trichocarpa (Populus ×parryi) reported from California. Mar–Apr [Online Interchange]
Unabridged synonyms: [Populus deltoides Bartram ex Marshall var. fremontii (S. Watson) Cronquist]
Unabridged references: [Eckenwalder 1977 J Arnold Arbor 58:193–208]
Previous taxon: Populus angustifolia
Next taxon: Populus nigra
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Mar 9 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2012. Populus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=52463, accessed on Mar 9 2014
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