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Dusky Willow - Salix melanopsis
Other Names:  Salix exigua ssp. melanopsis

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Shrubs to 4 m. Twigs brown to black, pubescent. Leaf blades 2–12 cm long, linear to lanceolate with serrulate to entire margins, dark green on both surfaces, pubescent at first, glabrous at maturity. Female catkins 2–4 cm long, emerging with the leaves on leafy branchlets 5–25 mm long; scales yellow, hairy on the margins, deciduous. Capsules 4–6 mm long, glabrous; stipes ca. 0.5 mm long; style 0.5 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
BC, AB south to CA and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 12

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Along rivers, streams, lakes; plains, valleys to most commonly montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Argus, G. 2010. Salix. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. Vol. 7.
    • Dorn, R.D. 2010. The genus Salix in North America north of Mexico. 59 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Little, E.L., Jr. 1979. Checklist of United States trees (native and naturalized). Agriculture Handbook No. 541. U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C. 375 pp.
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