Satiny willow

  • Latin name: Salix pellita Sm.
  • French name: Saule satiné
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 22567
    520819 [syn. S. gracilis Andersson]
Description

Leaves

  • Leaf - satiny willow

Form

  • Narrow, tapering to both ends
  • Thick
  • Satiny hairs on lower surface
  • Midvein prominent on lower surface
  • Lateral veins depressed, somewhat straight and parallel
  • Stipules small or missing

Length

  • 4–12 cm

Colour

  • Upper surface dark green
  • Lower surface pale

Margin

  • Somewhat wavy, rolled under

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

Form

  • Brittle
  • Often coated with a waxy powder

Colour

  • Yellowish-brown to dark reddish-brown

Flowers

  • Seed catkin - satiny willow
  • Pollen catkin - satiny willow
  • Seed flower - satiny willow
  • Pollen flower - satiny willow

Form

  • Catkins elongated, on short shoots with bract-like leaves

Structure

  • Dioecious

Floral timing

  • Before or with the developing leaves

Fruits

Form

  • Capsules slender, densely hairy

Size

Height

  • To 5 m

Range

Newfoundland to Saskatchewan

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