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Net-veined Willow - Salix reticulata
Other Names:  Salix nivalis

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Mat-forming subshrub. Twigs dark, glabrous. Leaf blades 5–30 mm long, oblong to obovate with entire margins, green above, glaucous and veiny beneath, glabrous to sparsely hairy. Female catkins 5–15 mm long, few- flowered, emerging after the leaves on stem tips; scales yellow-green, nearly glabrous. Capsules hairy, 3–6 mm long, sessile; style up to 0.5 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are subspecies nivalis (Hook.) A. Love, D. Love & B.M. Kapoor.

Species Range

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 31

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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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