West Highland Flora

Creeping Willow


Salix repens

 

Salix repens

Photo Carl Farmer
5 May 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Locally common on heathery or rocky ground

Leaves very variable, 0.5-4.5 cm.  Male catkins 5-20 mm, female 8-25 mm.

ID: A willow with leaves less than 5 times as long as broad, densely silky beneath with appressed hairs.  (Can be id'd as a willow by the single-scaled buds, or by the catkins if present).

Other features: A creeping shrub normally close to ground level, or hanging down over a rock, but can be more upright at times.  Leaves are silky on both sides when young, but when mature are normally only silky beneath except in ssp argentea.  Catkins in flower April-May, their scales brownish at the tip.

 

Salix repens

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Apr 2003 Portree, Skye
Top catkin 15 mm from junction with stem
 

  Salix repens

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Apr 2003 Portree, Skye
Catkin on left 13mm long from junction with main stem

Female catkins

 

Male catkins

 

  Salix repens

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Sep 2002 Dunvegan, Skye
 

 

 

Leaves silky on both sides; this is ssp argentea

 

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