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A low shrub, 1° high or less, with smooth shining twigs, sparingly pubescent when young. Leaves obovate or elliptic-obovate, rather thin, entire, about 1' long, 1/2'- 3/4' wide, sparingly long-hairy when young, soon glabrous, remaining green in drying, the petioles 1"-4" long, the stipules deciduous; aments on lateral leafy branches, the pistillate about 1' long in fruit, the staminate shorter; bracts yellow, oblong, obtuse, silky-hairy; capsule short-stalked, white-tomentose, conic, 2"-$" long; style about as long as the stigmas.
Salix desertorum Richards. Frank. Jour. App. 371. 1823.
A shrub, 6'-12' high, with purplish-green gla-brate twigs. Leaves oblong or oblanceolate, acute at the apex and cuneate at the base or the lower obtuse at both ends, entire or very nearly so, very short-petioled, tomentose beneath or gla-brate when old, 1/2'-4' long, 2"-4" wide; stipules fugacious; aments expanding with the leaves, dense, ¥ or less long, leafy at the base; stamens 2; filaments glabrous; style about as long as the deeply 2-cleft stigmas; capsule ovoid-conic, acute, densely tomentose, about 2" long, very short-pedicelled.
Anticosti and Quebec to western arctic America. Summer.
Sa!i.v glauca L. Sp. PI. 1019. 1753-
S. atra Rydb. Bull. N. Y. Bot. Gard. 1: 272. 1899.
S. labradorica Rydb. Bull. N. Y. Bot. Gard. 1: 274. 1899.
A low arctic shrub, with terete brown twigs, the young shoots and leaves densely tomentose, becoming glabrate when old. Leaves elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, entire, obtuse or acute at the apex, narrowed at the base, 1-3' long, 1/2'-1' wide; petioles 1"-5" long; stipules deciduous; aments borne on short leafy branches, the staminate dense, about 1' long, the pistillate 2'-3' long in fruit, rather loose; stamens 2; filaments distinct; bracts persistent, yellowish or brownish, densely white-villous; capsule ovoid-conic, densely white-tomentose, sessile or very short-pedicelled, 3"-4" long; style about as long as the stigmas.