General: Dioecious shrubs, 0.2-3 m tall, not colonial; branches erect, flexible at base; twigs yellowish to red-brown, sparsely to densely hairy.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, narrowly oblong to broadly elliptic, 1-10 cm long, 0.5-4.4 cm wide, lower surface not glaucous, smooth or short-woolly to long soft-hairy or nearly smooth, hairs white, upper surface dull, smooth or long soft-hairy to nearly smooth, margins entire to toothed, bases rounded to heart-shaped, tips pointed to tapered; leaf stalks without glandular dots at top; stipules leaflike.
Flowers: Unisexual, lacking sepals and petals, borne in catkins which flower as leaves emerge, the catkins stout, on leafy twigs; floral bracts dark or pale, hairs straight or wavy; stamens 2; ovaries 1, smooth or rarely hairy; styles 0.5-1.5 mm long.
Fruits: Capsules which split open to release the seeds, each of which is surrounded by a tuft of hairs; stalks 0.3-2 mm long.
Notes: This species has been reported to hybridize with S. barclayi.
Wet to moist thickets, lakeshores, gravelly streambanks, floodplains, river terraces, open forests and raw morainal deposits in the subalpine to alpine zones; frequent throughout BC; N to AK and W NT, E to AB, S to MT, ID and OR.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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