Wallich Willow
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Wallich Willow
E Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Wallich Willow
Botanical name: Salix disperma    Family: Salicaceae (Willow family)
Synonyms: Salix wallichiana, Salix pachyclada, Salix julacea

Wallich Willow is a trees up to 10 m tall, with branches dull brown, hairless; juvenile branchlets nearly hairless. Buds are narrowly ovoid, hairless, tip pointed. Stipules are obliquely ovate, glandular, sawtoothed; leaf-stalk 1-1.5 cm, hairless. Leaves are ovate to linear-lanceshaped, 6-16 x 2.5-4.5 cm, below pale, powdery, above green, hairless, shiny, base wedge-shaped or nearly round, margin sawtoothed, tip tapering. Flowering serotinous. Male catkins are about 10 cm x 6 mm; flower-cluster-stalk 1.5-2 cm, with 2 or 3 hairy leaflets. Female catkins are nearly as long as male catkin; bracts like those of male catkin, about as long as stipes. Capsules are ovoid, hairless. Wallich Willow is found in Afghanistan, the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, Assam, Tibet, N. Burma and China, at altitudes of 1500-3500 m. Flowering: March-June.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh & Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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