West Highland Flora

Goat Willow


Salix caprea

 

Salix caprea

Photo Carl Farmer
19 Apr 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye

Fairly frequent in woods and scrub and by rivers and coastal cliffs.

A bush or small tree up to 10 m high.  Leaves 5-10 cm long, female catkins 3-7 cm

ID: Leaves less than twice as long as broad, grey with a dense covering of short hairs below.  Young twigs downy in spring and summer.  Leaves strongly veined below but not wrinkled above like S Aurita

Other features: Catkins flower Mar-Apr, borne on short stalks along the twigs with a few small leaf-like bracts at the base.

Frequenntly hybridises with Grey Willow and many specimens show some introgression.

 

Salix caprea

Photo Carl Farmer
19 Apr 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye
Catkin 6 cm straightened out
 

  Salix caprea

Photo Carl Farmer
15 May 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye

Female catkin   Underside of leaf

 

Salix caprea

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Jun 2003 Portree, Skye

 

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