West Highland Flora

Whortle-leaved Willow


Salix myrsinites

 

Salix myrsinites

Photo Alastair Ross
11 Jul 2004 Coire Bhachdaidh, Perthshire

Rare, on wet rocks in hill country

A spreading bush, height usually < 40 cm.  Leaves c 1.5-5 cm long.

ID: Leaves more or less equally green and shiny on both sides, hairless except when young, with gland-tipped teeth round the edge.  Leaves have pointed, not rounded, tips, and average about twice as long as broad.

Other features: Catkins appear with the leaves in early summer, on short leafy shoots, typically about a third as long as the catkin.  Previous year's withered leaves often present.

 

Salix myrsinites

Photo Alastair Ross
11 Jul 2004 Coire Bhachdaidh, Perthshire

 

Salix myrsinites

Photo Alastair Ross
11 Jul 2004 Coire Bhachdaidh, Perthshire


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