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Salix farriae C.R. Ball
Farr's willow
Salicaceae (Willow family)

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Species Information

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Dioecious shrubs, 0.2-1.5 m tall, not colonial; branches erect, flexible at base; twigs yellow- to red-brown, smooth to sparsely hairy.
Alternate, simple, narrowly elliptic to elliptic, 2-7.5 cm long, 0.8-3.5 cm wide, lower surface glau cous, smooth, upper surface shiny or dull, smooth or minutely hairy on midrib, margins entire to toothed, bases rounded, tips pointed; leaf stalks without glandular dots at top; stipules leaflike or rudimentary.
Unisexual, lacking sepals and petals, borne in catkins which flower as leaves emerge, the catkins stout, on leafy twigs; floral bracts dark, smooth or hairy, hairs wavy; stamens 2; ovaries 1, smooth; styles 0.3-1.2 mm long.
Capsules which split open to release the seeds, each of which is surrounded by a tuft of hairs; stalks 0.3-1.5 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet to moist meadows and streambanks in the montane and subalpine zones; infrequent in SE BC; E to AB and S to WY, ID and WA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Salix farriae

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 56 1279 2382
Slope Gradient (%) 0 6 63
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
10 297 342
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 4 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: BWBS(7), ESSF(20), ICH(3), MS(6), SBS(5)


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 farriae var. microserrulata C.R. Ball
Salix hastata var. farriae (C.R. Ball) Hultén

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