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Himalayan Shrub Willow   
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Himalayan Shrub Willow
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Shrub Willow
Botanical name: Salix flabellaris    Family: Salicaceae (Willow family)
Synonyms: Salix lucida, Salix obovata, Salix rotundifolia

Himalayan Shrub Willow is a dwarf shrublet creeping over rocks with stout spreading branches, or sometimes erect up to 1 foot, with elliptic to obovate, shiny hairless leaves mostly 2 cm long, which are paler or glaucous beneath and with toothed or almost entire margins. Male catkins are cylindrical 2 cm, yellowish, hairless, short-stalked and borne above the leaves; bracts obovate, brown, hairless; stamen-filaments hairless. Female catkins about 2.5 cm, similar to male catkins, but stigmas entire. Fruiting catkins rather lax; capsules 3.5 mm, reddish, hairless. Himalayan Shrub Willow is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 3000-4000 m, on alpine slopes; common and gregarious in W. Himalaya. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Vinay Kumar Singh Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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