West Highland Flora

Eared Willow


Salix aurita

 

Salix aurita

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Sep 2001 Scorrybreac, Skye

Very common as low-growing bushes on moorland.  Can grow to the height of a small tree on sheltered roadsides or woodland edge.

Leaves c 2-3 cm long

ID: Leaves with pointed rather than rounded tip. grey-felted beneath, less than 3 times as long as broad, with a wrinkled appearance from above.

Other features: Leaves have large toothed stipules which remain all summer.  Leaf-stalks are small, less than 8mm.  Branches and twigs diverge at a wide angle.  Catkins flower in April.

 

 

Salix aurita

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Apr 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
This catkin 2.6 cm from base to tip and 7.5 mm across (excluding stamens) at widest point
 

Male catkin.  Each flower has two stamens arising from behind a black-tipped hairy scale


 

Salix aurita

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Mar 2002 Portree, Skye
 

Typical winter moorland scene with scrubby patch of Eared Willow

 

Salix aurita

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Mar 2002 Portree, Skye

Dead leaves below the bushes in the previous picture

 

Salix aurita

Photo Carl Farmer
20 Aug 2002 Penifiler,Skye

Safe from grazing but exposed to the elements

 

 

Salix aurita

Photo Carl Farmer
5 Jan 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
 

  Salix aurita

Photo Carl Farmer
5 Jan 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
 

Winter buds


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