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Meadow Willow - Salix petiolaris

Status Under Review
Undetermined Origin

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SU
(see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Reported for Montana (Dorn 1984) but status in the state remains uncertain.
General Description
Shrubs to 3 m. Twigs brown to black, glabrous. Leaf blades 2-15 cm long, linear-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic with serrulate margins, glaucous beneath, glabrate. Female catkins 10–35 mm long, emerging with the leaves on leafy branchlets 2–20 mm long; scales yellow, persistent, hairy on the margins. Capsules 6–8 mm long, hairy; stipes 1–5 mm long; style <0.5 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
NT to NL south to WA, CO, IL and NJ (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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