(Barrenground Willow)

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Salix brachycarpa, Pistillate Catkins, Blue Lakes, Summit Co. 9996

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Salix brachycarpa, Pistillate Catkins, Blue Lakes, Summit Co. 0028

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Salix brachycarpa, French Pass, Mt. Baldy, Summit Co. 0085

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Salix brachycarpa, (rear) and S. planifolia (front), Blue Lakes, Summit Co. 9990

Scientific Name Salix brachycarpa USDA PLANTS Symbol SABR
Common Name Barrenground Willow, Short-fruit Willow ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 22510
Family Salicaceae (Willow) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (7000 to 13500 ft.); wet areas in meadows and along streams and ponds.
Plant: Bush up to 6 feet tall; erect or sprawling, stout branches; overall grayish-green appearance; new-growth stems are red-brown and densely hairy.
Leaves: Upper surface shiny, pale bluish-green, nearly smooth or with small hairs, whitish and wooly underneath, oblong, elliptic, obovate or narrowly oblanceolate; 0.8 to 1.2 inches long and 0.2 to 0.6 inches wide; on early leaves, stipules are absent or rudimentary, on newer leaves they are rudimentary or leaf-like.
Inflorescence: Female catkins less than 0.8 inch long and rounded; male catkins less than 0.5 inch long with yellow/reddish anthers.
Bloom Period: May and June.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams, E-Flora BC and SEINet.
Notes: Often found growing together with S. planifolia. See photo above. Willow species are difficult to differentiate and there may be errors in the IDs on these images. If you see an error, please let me know.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County