Salix sericea Marshall

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family

    Salicaceae

  • Scientific Name

    Salix sericea Marshall

  • Description

    Species Description - Shrub or small tree, to 4 m; twigs brittle at the base, slender, brown, densely gray- to brown-tomentose when young, later glabrate except often at the nodes; stipules lanceolate to semi-ovate, 3–10 mm, often deciduous; petioles slender, 5–10 mm, puberulent; lvs narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate, 6–10(–14) × 1–2.5(–3) cm, acuminate, cuneate at base, closely glandular-serrate, dark green and puberulent to glabrous above, glaucous and densely to thinly short-sericeous beneath; catkins ± precocious, 1–4 cm, subsessile or on narrow-bracted peduncles to 1 cm; scales 1 mm, blackish, villous; stamens 2; frs ovoid-oblong, 3–5 mm, blunt, short-sericeous; pedicels 0.5–1(–1.5) mm; style 0.1–0.3 mm. Moist, rocky ground, often in or near running water; N.S. and N.B. to Wis. and e. Io., s. to S.C., n. Ga. and n. Ark. (S. coactilis) A possible hybrid with no. 29 [Salix viminalis L.] is S. ×subsericea (Andersson) C. K. Schneid.

  • Common Names

    silky willow