Feltleaf willow

  • Latin name: Salix alaxensis (Anderson) Coville
  • French name: Saule feutré
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 22497
Description

Leaves

  • Leaf with pointed hairy stipules - feltleaf willow

Form

  • Elliptic
  • Often widest above the middle
  • Tip pointed, base tapered
  • Felt-like covering of woolly hairs on lower surface
  • Stipules hairy, pointed

Length

  • 5–10 cm
  • Stipules 4–15 mm

Colour

  • Upper surface green
  • Hairs white

Margin

  • Smooth, rolled under

Buds

Form

  • Pointed, pressed against the twig, closely spaced
  • Hairy
  • 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

Form

  • Covered with woolly hairs during the 1st year, then smooth

Colour

  • Reddish-brown

Flowers

  • Seed catkin - feltleaf willow
  • Pollen catkin - feltleaf willow
  • Seed flower - feltleaf willow
  • Pollen flower - feltleaf willow

Length

  • Pollen catkins 3–4 cm
  • Seed catkins about twice as long

Structure

  • Dioecious

Floral timing

  • Before the leaves, on previous year’s twigs

Fruits

Form

  • Capsules hairy

Length

  • 4–5 mm

Bark

Form

  • Furrowed, scaly
  • Diamond-shaped patches on main stems

Size

Height

  • To 5 m

Habitat

Site

  • On river flats

Range

Northwestern Canada, west into Alaska and Siberia

Photos
  • Feltleaf willow
  • Feltleaf willow
  • Feltleaf willow
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