|Scientific Name||Salix nivalis (Salix reticulata ssp. nivalis)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||SANI8|
|Common Name||Snow Willow||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||520861|
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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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County