Salix candida
 
Hoary Willow

Middle Stem

Fen at Junction of Highways #47 and #247
07-July-2007

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Candida: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this species. 
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erect shrubs from 2 dm tall to trees; NOT [dwarf shrubs, rarely exceeding 2 dm tall, trailing or forming compact mats]

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leaves lanceolate

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leaf margins entire

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leaf margins revolute

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leaves densely white-lanate beneath; NOT [leaves grey-lanate to villous-lanate or glabrescent beneath], NOT [leaves sericeous beneath with short, straight, appressed hairs], NOT [leaves essentially glabrous beneath], NOT [leaves green beneath, sometimes paler but non-glaucous]

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leaves dark green  and pubescent above

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leaves sparsely floccose above; NOT [indumentum more sparse and not floccose]

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midrib yellowish, prominent

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aments on leafy branchlets; NOT [aments sessile, leafless or with a few bract-like leaves at base]

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bracts of the capsules dark in color, brown to black; NOT [bracts of the capsules light in color, yellowish to light brownish or purplish]

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stipes 0-1.6 mm long, shorter than to twice nectary length; NOT [stipes 2-5 mm long, about 10 times as long as nectaries]

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pistils  and capsules sericeous to villous; NOT [pistils and capsules glabrous]

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styles red in life; NOT [styles greenish-yellow in life]

 

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Salix: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this genus. 
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mostly shrubs; NOT [trees]

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winter buds covered by a single scale; NOT [winter buds covered by several scales]

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catkins erect or divergent, rarely drooping; NOT [catkins soon drooping]

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bracts below flowers entire or merely toothed; NOT [bracts below flowers mostly lacerate]

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disk none; NOT [flowers with a broad or cup-shaped disk]

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stamens 2-10, often 2; NOT [stamens usually more than 10]

 

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Salicaceae: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora  leading to this family. 
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shrubs or trees; NOT [herbs]

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flowers with only one floral ring, with sepals but not petals

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male flowers, at least, in catkins or aments; NOT [flowers not in catkins or aments]

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seeds each with a tuft of hairs; NOT [seeds without a tuft of hairs]