Salix myrsinifolia Salisb.
  • Prodr. Stirp. Chap. Allerton
  • Dark-leaved willow

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General Information

Stems: branches dark red-brown or gray-brown, not glaucous, glabrous or hairy, (peeled wood smooth or striate with relatively few, short striae); branchlets red-brown, moderately to very densely pubescent or velvety. Leaves: stipules usually foliaceous, sometimes minute rudiments on early ones, foliaceous on late ones, (ca. 4 mm), apex acute; petiole convex to flat, or shallowly grooved adaxially, 3.5-12(-15) mm, villous to puberulent adaxially; largest medial blade (sometimes hemiamphistomatous), broadly obovate, elliptic, broadly elliptic, or subcircular, 24-52(-100) × 12-45 mm, base concave, rounded, subcordate, cordate, or cuneate, margins sometimes slightly revolute, serrulate, or crenulate to subentire, apex abruptly acuminate or acute, abaxial surface glaucous (tip often not glaucous), sparsely to moderately densely puberulent, or silky to glabrescent, hairs appressed or spreading, straight or wavy, adaxial slightly glossy, glabrescent or sparsely to moderately densely puberulent, pubescent, or short-silky (especially midrib); proximal blade margins serrulate, crenulate, or entire; juvenile blade sometimes reddish, long-silky, villous, tomentose (at least on midrib), or glabrous abaxially, hairs usually white, rarely somewhat ferruginous. Catkins flowering as leaves emerge; staminate (densely flowered), stout or subglobose, 17-35 mm, flowering branchlet 1-3 mm; pistillate densely flowered, stout, 9-11(-30)(-80 in fruit) mm, flowering branchlet 2-5.5 mm; floral bract pale brown, 1-1.9(-2.8) mm, apex acute, convex, or rounded, abaxially sparsely hairy, hairs straight or wavy. Staminate flowers: adaxial nectary 0.5-0.7 mm; filaments distinct; anthers purple turning yellow, (ellipsoid or shortly cylindrical), 0.5-0.8 mm. Pistillate flowers: adaxial nectary ovate, square, or flask-shaped, 0.4-0.6(-1) mm; ovary pyriform, pubescent through- out or in patches or streaks, or glabrous (hairs refractive), beak gradually tapering to styles; ovules 12-14 per ovary; styles 0.6-1.5 mm. Capsules 6-10 mm. 2n = 114.

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    Meist 2–5 m hoher, aufrechter Strauch. Blätter breit-lanzettlich bis rundlich-oval, 2–9 cm lang, 1–3mal so lang wie breit, oberseits dunkelgrün glänzend, unterseits mit einer bläulichen Wachsschicht, aber grüner Spitze (nur bei dieser S.<

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    4–6. Ufer, Gebüsche, kollin-subalpin. CH.

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    Nationally Preferred Names

    Dark-leaved willowEnglishIE
    Saileach dhubhIrishIE

    Other Local Names

    Dark-leaved willow
    Salice annerenteItalianCH
    Salesch stgir alpinRaeto-RomanceCH
    Schwarzwerdende WeideGermanCH
    Saule noircissantFrenchCH


     Information From

    Flora Helvetica – Illustrierte Flora der Schweiz
    Flora Helvetica – Illustrierte Flora der Schweiz, Konrad Lauber, Gerhart Wagner, Andreas Gygax. Haupt Verlag 2018.
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    Irish Vernacular Names
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    International Union for Conservation of Nature
    IUCN 2016. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-2
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    BGCI. 2018. GlobalTreeSearch online database. Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Richmond, U.K. Available at Accessed on 30/11/2018.
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    IUCN 2019. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2019-1.
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    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
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