Dioecious shrubs, 0.2-1.5 m tall, spreading by layering; stems erect or decumbent, flexible at base; twigs yellow- to red-brown, smooth or sparsely hairy.
Alternate, simple, narrowly oblong to elliptic or lance-shaped, 2-7 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide, lower surface glaucous, smooth; upper surface dull, smooth, margins entire, bases and tips pointed to rounded; leaf stalks without glandular dots at top; stipules rudimentary.
Unisexual, lacking sepals and petals, borne in catkins which flower as leaves emerge, the catkins stout, on leafy twigs; floral bracts pale, smooth or hairy, hairs straight or wavy; stamens 2; ovaries 1, smooth; styles 0.1-0.2 mm long.
Capsules which split open to release the seeds, each of which is surrounded by a tuft of hairs; stalks 2-3 mm long.
Hybrids between this species and S. athabascensis are common in northern BC.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BWBS(43), CWH(2), ESSF(41), ICH(38), IDF(25), MH(1), MS(28), SBPS(52), SBS(184), SWB(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Salix fallax Raup
Salix fuscescens var. hebecarpa Fernald
Salix hebecarpa (Fernald) Fernald
Salix myrtilloides var. hypoglauca (Fernald) C.R. Ball
Salix myrtilloides var. pedicellaris (Pursh) Andersson
Salix pedicellaris var. athabascensis (Raup) B. Boivin
Salix pedicellaris var. hypoglauca Fernald
Salix pedicellaris var. tenuescens Fernald