Salix nivalis

(Snow Willow)


Salix nivalis, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5726/5745


Salix nivalis, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5748/5767


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Salix nivalis, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5690

Scientific Name Salix nivalis (Salix reticulata ssp. nivalis) USDA PLANTS Symbol SANI8
Common Name Snow Willow ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 520861
Family Salicaceae (Willow) SEINet
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Description Habitat and life zones: Subalpine and alpine (10500 to 13500 ft.); tundra, cirques, lake basins, rocky slopes.
Plant: Small, leafy mat-forming sub-shrub less than 3 inches tall; stems trailing or erect, yellowish- or reddish- brown.
Leaves: Dark green, somewhat shiny elliptic to broadly elliptic leaves and network of veins; smooth, seldom hairy upper surface, grayish lower surface with small hairs; leaves less than one inch long.
Inflorescence: Dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants); small catkins with multiple flowers with creamy to deep pink bracts.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: Flora of North America and Jepson eFlora.
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