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Mini-Willow but which species??

Observed: 6th May 2011 By: PhilT69PhilT69’s reputation in PlantsPhilT69’s reputation in PlantsPhilT69’s reputation in PlantsPhilT69’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Very small bush (Willow) with spreading branches, growing in heathland in small ditch. Height only about 1m. Bright yellow flowers. Unopened flowers (?) are orange.Flowering before the leaves emerge.

Identifications
Species interactions

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Species with which Eared Sallow (Salix aurita) interacts

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PhilT69's picture

Many thanks for your ID -

Willows not the easisest to identify!

Phil T.

AlanS's picture

Probably not S. repens

The branching and the densely pubescent unfolding leaves suggust this is NOT S. repens. (S. repens ssp. argentea has silvery-hairy leaves but that is usually coastal and is unlikely in the given locality).

On balance it is either Eared Sallow, Salix aurita, or a hybrid of same. The branching does not quite match typical, pure S. aurita, so it might well be S. x multinervis (S. aurita x cinerea), a common hybrid that often replaces pure S. aurita in marginal moorland areas. However, I am inclined to call this one S. aurita, even if it may have acquired a few genes from outside its species. It is better to wait for Salix species to come fully into leaf for reliable ID.

Alan

PhilT69's picture

Thanks, Alan -

I will wait for the leaves with great interest! S.aurita does appear a good candidate now you indicate it.
- Phil

Phil T.

spins's picture

See also

http://www.ispotnature.org/node/397061?nav=search (ID confirmed by a renowned Willow specialist)