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Salix boothii Dorn
Booth's willow
Salicaceae (Willow family)

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Species Information

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Dioecious shrubs, 0.25-6 m tall, not colonial; branches erect, flexible at base; twigs yellowish to red-brown, smooth or sparsely hairy.
Alternate, simple, narrowly oblong to broadly elliptic, 2.6-10 cm long, 0.8-3 cm wide, lower surface not glaucous, smooth, sparsely long soft-hairy, or short-silky, hairs white and rust-coloured, upper surface shiny to highly glossy, smooth or sparsely long soft-hairy to nearly smooth, margins entire to toothed, bases pointed to rounded, tips abruptly short-tapered; leaf stalks with or without glandular dots at the top; stipules leaflike.
Unisexual, lacking sepals and petals, borne in catkins which flower as leaves emerge or just before them, the catkins stout, unstalked or on leafy twigs; floral bracts dark, hairs wavy or curly; stamens 2; ovaries 1, smooth; styles 0.3-1 mm long.
Capsules which split open to release the seeds, each of which is surrounded by a tuft of hairs; stalks 0.5-2.5 mm long.
For a comparison with the similar S. myrtillifolia and S. pseudomyrsinites see Table 2, page 60.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Black
Present from Summer to Fall
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Moist to wet streambanks and meadows in the montane and subalpine zones; rare in SC BC; E to AB and S to NM, AZ and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Salix boothii

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 590 1237 1842
Slope Gradient (%) 0 1 3
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
230 295 336
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
6 6 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: ESSF(2), ICH(3), IDF(1), MS(2)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Salix curtiflora auct. non Andersson
Salix myrtillifolia Andersson
Salix myrtillifolia var. curtiflora auct. non (Andersson) Bebb ex Rose
Salix novae-angliae auct. non Andersson
Salix pseudocordata auct. non (Andersson) Rydb.
Salix pseudocordata var. aequalis (Andersson) C.R. Ball ex C.K. Schneid.
Salix pseudomyrsinites Andersson
Salix pseudomyrsinites var. aequalis (Andersson) Andersson ex C.R. Ball

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