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Salix monticola
Salix monticola (Mountain Willow)
Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Montane. Wetlands. Spring, summer. La Plata Canyon, June 22, 2010.

Salix monticola grows in thickets to about twelve feet tall with yellow young twigs that darken with age.  It occurs from the foothills to high montane elevations.  Weber says of this Willow, "This is the common streambank Willow of montane valleys, with twigs bright yellow in winter".

Salix monticola

Edward Greene discovered this Willow for science in the area of Golden, Colorado; M. S. Bebb named the Willow; and John Coulter described it in 1885.

Salix monticola

Salix monticola (Mountain Willow)
Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Montane. Wetlands. Spring, summer. La Plata Canyon, June 22, 2010.

Female flowers have matured and capsules are bursting with a white fluff that carries the seeds on the winds of early summer.

Salix monticola

Salix monticola (Mountain Willow)
Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Montane. Wetlands. Spring, summer. La Plata Canyon, June 22, 2010.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Salix monticola

Range map for Salix monticola