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Pacific Willow - Salix lasiandra
Other Names:  Salix lucida

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Shrub or small tree to 15 m. Twigs pubescent, becoming glabrous. Leaf blades 3–15 cm long, lanceolate, cuneate-based, glandular-serrate, acuminate, darker green above than below, glaucous or not. Female catkins 2–8 cm long, emerging with the leaves on leafy branchlets 5–20 mm long; scales yellow, pubescent below, deciduous. Capsules glabrous, 3–5 mm long; stipes ca. 1 mm long; style up to 0.2 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

We have varieties lasiandra and caudata (Nutt.) Sudw.

Species Range

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 35

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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.
    • 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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