Meadow willow

  • Latin name: Salix petiolaris Sm.
  • French name: Saule à long pétiole
  • Synonym(s): Slender willow
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 22567
    520819 [syn. S. gracilis Andersson]
Description

Leaves

  • Leaf - meadow willow

Form

  • Numerous, pointing up, overlapping, thin
  • Pointed at both ends
  • Hairy when young
  • Upper surface becoming hairless
  • Stipules small or absent

Length

  • 2–7 cm

Colour

  • Upper surface shiny green
  • Lower surface paler
  • Young leaves reddish

Margin

  • Edged with small gland-tipped teeth toward the tip

Petiole

  • Yellowish

Buds

Form

  • Pointed, pressed against the twig, closely spaced
  • Covered with a single scale
  • No true terminal bud; end bud originates as a lateral bud
  • Flower buds larger than leaf buds
  • Leaf scars V-shaped, with 3 vein scars
  • Stipule scars on either side

Twigs

Colour

  • Yellowish-green to olive-brown, becoming very dark brown

Flowers

  • Seed catkin - meadow willow
  • Pollen catkin - meadow willow
  • Seed flower - meadow willow
  • Pollen flower - meadow willow

Form

  • Catkins on leafy dwarf shoots

Length

  • Seed catkins up to 4 cm

Structure

  • Dioecious

Floral timing

  • With the leaves

Fruits

Form

  • Capsules elongated with slender beaks
  • On slender hairy stalks

Length

  • 3–7 mm

Bark

Colour

  • Greyish-green or reddish-brown, becoming dark brown

Size

Height

  • To 5 m

Range

New Brunswick to northern British Columbia

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