Arroyo Willow

Scientific Name:

Salix lasiolepis

Type:

Tree

Habitat:

Wetlands such as streams, meadows, rivers, creeks, marshes, etc.

Range:

Native to the Pacific coast stretching from Washington to California; its range also reaches to Arizona and Texas

Status:

Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

This plant can be recognized as a small shrub or a small tree, growing less than 30 feet high. It has relatively broad green leaves that contain short white hairs with the occasional yellow-green catkin flowers.

Fast Facts:

  • This tree has been recognized by ecologists for the large number of bees it attracts.

  • This species is found in thirteen ex situ collections across the world.

  • This species has been found in the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, as well as Fort Sage Mountains in Lemmon Valley, and Great Basin Desert.

  • It is commonly known as the Tracy willow. The tree was named for Joseph Prince Tracy who was a botanist in California and discovered the species.

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Last Updated:

June 30, 2021, 7:45:04 PM