General: Dioecious shrubs, 0.3-1 m tall, layering; branches erect, flexible at base; twigs yellow- to grey-brown, densely hairy.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, strap-shaped to lance-shaped, 4.7-10 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide, lower surface glaucous, densely woolly, hairs white, upper surface dull or shiny, sparsely hairy or woolly, margins entire to toothed, bases and tips pointed; leaf stalks without glandular dots at top; stipules leaflike.
Flowers: Unisexual, lacking sepals and petals, borne in catkins in which flowers emerge as leaves emerge, or just before them, the catkins stout, unstalked or on leafy twigs; floral bracts pale or dark, hairs straight; stamens 2; ovaries 1, hairy; styles 0.3-1.9 mm long.
Fruits: Capsules which split open to release the seeds, each of which is surrounded by a tuft of hairs; stalks 0.1-1.2 mm long.
Notes: This species hybridizes with both S. myrtillifolia and S. petiolaris.
Moist to wet floodplains, shores, marl bogs, thickets and meadows in the montane zone; common in S BC in and E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, infrequent northward, absent in WC BC; N to E AK, S YT and S NT, E to NF and S to NJ, IL, PA, IN, IA, SD, CO, ID and WA.
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Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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