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Salix sessilifolia  Nutt.
Northern sandbar willow,   Northwest sandbar willow,   Northwest willow,   Velvet willow
Salix sessilifolia is a shrub that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Salix
Family: Salicaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Habitat: coastal

Communities: Coastal Strand, Redwood Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSSalix exigua var. sessilifolia
PLANTSSalix fluviatilis var. sessilifolia
PLANTSSalix fluviatilis
PLANTSSalix longifolia var. sessilifolia
PLANTSSalix macrostachya var. cusickii
Information about  Salix sessilifolia from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.

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[Wikipedia] Range, Habitat, Description: Salix sessilifolia is a species of willow known by the common name northwest sandbar willow. It is native to the west coast of North America from British Columbia and the US states of Washington and Oregon.[1] It grows on sandy and gravelly riverbanks, floodplains, and sandbars. Salix sessilifolia Nutt. is a shrub growing 3 to 5 metres (10 to 16+1?2 ft), exceptionally 7.5 m (24+1?2 ft) in height,[2] sometimes forming colonial thickets of clones by sprouting repeatedly from its root system. The leaves are up to 12 centimetres (4+1?2 in) long, oval with pointed tips, edged with spiny teeth, and generally coated thinly in silky hairs. The inflorescence is a catkin of flowers, male catkins up to 4.5 cm (2 in) long and female catkins longer and more slender. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/18/2024).