Red Willow

Salix laevigata

Pen & Ink by Michael Plagens

Illustrated from a specimen found in Sabino Canyon, Sta. Catalina Mts., Arizona 18 April 1994.

TREE: A small tree or large shrub. Bark of branches is reddish-brown.

RANGE: Habitat in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona is mostly along streams in canyons.

LEAVES: The leaves are usually shiny above and the margins are smooth or minutely serrate. Twigs and petioles are reddish.

FRUIT: The comose (fuzzy) seeds are shed around the end of March.


Family: Salicaceae

More Information:

Sonoran Desert Field Guide
Sonoran Desert Places
Sonoran Desert Naturalist Home Page

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