Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Salix commutata -- (Under-green Willow)

presented by Susan McDougall

Salix commutata

As with other willows, the male and female catkins are borne on separate plants. Here the ripening female capsules are shedding seeds.

Author: Susan McDougall
Paradise River, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7953, -121.7166, 5980
Date: August 29, 2014
Salix commutata

The undersides of the leaves of this willow are green, a feature that separates it from the other common subalpine willow, Barclay's. The leaves are elliptical and slightly hairy when young.

Author: Susan McDougall
Louise Lake Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.764, -121.6968, 4332
Date: July 1, 2014
Salix commutata

These pollen-bearing catkins have only recently opened.

Author: Susan McDougall
Paradise Valley, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7911, -121.7280,
Date: July 1, 2016

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