West Highland Flora

Dwarf Willow


Salix herbacea

 

Salix herbacea

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Jul 2003 Storr, Skye
Leaf-blade nearest to lower right corner 7 mm long

Only at high altitudes, where it is quite frequent in short grass, bare or stony ground.

Leaf-blades 6-20 mm long

ID: A creeping shrub, with typical willow buds each enclosed in a single scale.  Leaves hardly longer than broad, shiny with prominent veins and rounded teeth.

Other features: Few-flowered (up to 12) catkins appear in June at the end of the shoots.  Plant often carpets large areas of ground on exposed hilltops.

 

Salix herbacea

Photo Carl Farmer
31 Jul 2004 Storr, Skye

Fruit cluster c 5.5 mm across as shown

  Salix herbacea

Photo Carl Farmer
31 Jul 2004 Storr, Skye

Fruit cluster c 10 mm across as shown


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