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False Mountain Willow - Salix pseudomonticola
Other Names:  Salix monticola [misapplied]

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Shrubs 1–3 m. Twigs brown to black, sparsely hairy, eventually glabrous. Leaf blades 3–8 cm long, lanceolate to ovate, rounded to truncate basally with serrulate margins, glabrous, glaucous below, often with a red midvein. Female catkins 2–6 cm long, sessile, emerging before the leaves; scales dark, long-hairy. Capsules glabrous, 4–6 mm long; stipes 0.5–1.5 mm long; style 0.5–1 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to NL south to BC, ID, WY and SD (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 17

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  • 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.
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