Keys in Flora of Bhutan including record of plants from Sikkim (Part 1 Vol. 1- by AJC Grierson and D G Long- 1983):
1. Erect trees or shrubs more than lm tall; adult leaves (3- )4- 15 cm …… 2
Prostrate or decumbent shrubs with main stems running at or below. ground level, with or without ascending shoots; leaves 0.5- 2 cm, sometimes 3- 4 cm in S. calyculata …. 9             
2. Leaves subopposite ….. Species 1 (S. salwinensis Handel-Mazzetti)
Leaves alternate …… 3
3. Catkins sessile or shortly (up to 1 cm) pedunculate; peduncles naked or bearing small bract-like leaves 1 em long or less, dissimilar to foliage leaves at stem apices …. . 4
Catkins on peduncles 0.8-2( – 5) cm, shorter in S. babylonica (on males 0-6 mm, females 5- 10 mm); peduncles bearing small leaves 1.5 – 4.5 cm similar to foliage leaves at stem apices … … 6
4. Leaves serrulate, sometimes obscurely, occasionally entire in S. wallichiana … Species 6 (S. wallichiana Andersson syn. of Salix disperma Roxb. ex D. Don) & 7 (S. stomatophora Floderus)
Leaves entire, sometimes with a few gland-tipped teeth near base in S. sikkimensis ………… 5
5. Male bracts ovate or narrowly ovate, acute; filaments either completely free or fused to apex; ovary ovoid, shortly pointed at apex …… Species 2 (S. myrtillacea Andersson) & 3 (S. obscura Andersson)
Male bracts obovate, obtuse, often notched at apex; filaments connate at base or up to middle; ovary narrowly ovoid, with long attenuate apex Species 4 (S. sikkimensis Andersson) & 5 (S. bhutanensis Floderus)
6. Male catkins with 6- 12 stamens at each bract; female catkins with capsules on, pedicels 3-4 mm …….. Species 8 (S. tetrasperma Roxb.)
Male catkins with 2 stamens at each bract; female catkins with capsules sessile or on pedicels up to 1 mrn .. … 7
7. Mature leaves finely serrulate throughout …… Species 9 (S. babylonica L.) & 10 (S. excelsa J. F. Gmelin)
Mature leaves entire or obscurely serrulate near apex …. 8
8. Leaves densely and persistently pubescent, not glaucous beneath Species 11(S. daltoniana Andersson.) 12 (S. psilostigma Andersson),  13 (S. eriostachya Andersson)
Leaves sparsely pubescent at first becoming glabrous, glaucous beneath Species 14 (S. longiflora Andersson), 15 (S. oxycarpa Andersson syn. of Salix sericocarpa Andersson), 16 (S. radinostachya Schneider), 17 (S. sp.)
9. Catkins with many (more than 10) flowers ………. 10
Catkins with few (less than 1 0) flowers ……. 12
10. Leaves pubescent on veins beneath; catkins lax-flowered .. Species 18 (S. thomsoniana Andersson)
Leaves glabrous or glabrescent; catkins rather densely flowered at first …. 11
11. Leaves narrow, 1 cm broad or less …… Species 19 (S. serpyllum Andersson)
Leaves more than 1 cm broad, sometimes 0.6 cm in S. flabellaris Species 20 (S. flabellaris Andersson), 21 (S. calyculata Andersson), 22 (S. pseudocalyculata Kimura)
12. Leaves toothed at apex …….. Species 23 (S. oreophila Andersson)
Leaves entire …… species 24 (S. lindleyana Andersson)

Salix acmophylla Boiss. (Native range is E. Medit. to Central Asia and India (Haryana) as per POWO; Turkey (E-Anatolia, S-Anatolia, SE-Anatolia), Iran (EC-Iran, E-Iran, N-Iran, Iranian Aserbaijan, S-Iran, W-Iran), Iraq (NE-Iraq, NW-Iraq, SE-Iraq: Mesopotamia, W-Iraq: Desert), Israel (coastal W-Israel, Rift Valley, N-Israel), Jordania (S-Jordania, W-Jordania), Lebanon (coastal W-Lebanon), Saudi Arabia (NE-Saudi Arabia), Sinai peninsula (C-Sinai), Syria (Jazira, NW-Syria), Oman, Afghanistan (Badghys, Bamyan, Farah, Helmand, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunar / Nuristan, Laghman, Wardak, Nangarhar, Paktia / Khost, Parwan, Samangan), Pakistan (Sind, Baluchistan, Kurram, N.W.Frontier Prov., Chitral, Swat, Gilgit, Hazara, Punjab), Jammu & Kashmir (Murree, Kashmir), Turkmenistan (Kopet-Dagh), Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, N-India as per Catalogue of Life)





Salix aegyptiaca L. (Introduced)
(S- & E-European Russia, S-Ukraine, Crimea, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey (E-Anatolia, SE-Anatolia), Iran (EC-Iran, NE-Iran: Mts., N-Iran, Iranian Aserbaijan, W-Iran, W-Iran), Iraq (NE-Iraq), Afghanistan (Balkh, Kandahar, widely planted), Pakistan (I) (Baluchistan (I), Punjab (I)) as per Catalogue of Life)








Salix alba L. (Introduced)
(Europe to N. China, NW. Africa; Native to: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Altay, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Central European Rus, China North-Central, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Morocco, Netherlands, North Caucasus, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Qinghai, Romania, Sardegna, Sicilia, South European Russi, Spain, Switzerland, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, West Siberia, Xinjiang, Yugoslavia; Introduced into: Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Chile Central, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Denmark, District of Columbia, Finland, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Krasnoyarsk, Libya, Maine, Maryland, Masachusettes, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North European Russi, Northwest European R, Norway, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec, Rhode I., Saskatchewan, Sweden, Tadzhikistan, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Himalaya, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Yemen as per POWO)





Salix babylonica L. (Introduced)

Salix bhutanensis Flod. (Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal as per Catalogue of Life)




Salix daltoniana Andersson (Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sikkim as per Catalogue of Life


Salix denticulata Andersson (China (Sichuan, Yunnan), Tibet, India, Nepal, Pakistan (Kurram, Chitral, Astor, Swat), Jammu & Kashmir (Hazara, Murree, Kashmir) as per Catalogue of life)





































Salix disperma Roxb. ex D. Don (China (China (Gansu, Guizhou, Hebei, Hubei, Hunan, Nei Mongol, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang), Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan (Kabul, Kunar / Nuristan, Nangarhar), Pakistan (Kurram, Chitral, Astor, Swat), Jammu & Kashmir (Hazara, Kashmir), Myanmar [Burma] (Kachin) as per Catalogue of Life)







(Turkey (E-Anatolia, Inner Anatolia, N-Anatolia, NE-Anatolia, W-Anatolia), Iran (EC-Iran, NE-Iran: Mts., N-Iran, Iranian Aserbaijan, S-Iran, W-Iran), Lebanon (C-Lebanon), Syria (NW-Syria), N-Yemen, Afghanistan (Wakhan, Badghys, Baghlan, Balkh, Bamyan, Faryab, Herat, Kabul, Wardak, Orozgan / Daykundi, Paktia / Khost, Parwan, Qunduz, Takhar), Pakistan (Kurram, Baluchistan, Quetta, Gilgit), Jammu & Kashmir, Georgia [Caucasus], Northern Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Bhutan (I) as per Catalogue of Life)

Salix flabellaris Andersson (China (W-Sichuan, NW-Yunnan), Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Afghanistan (Kunar / Nuristan), Pakistan (Chitral, Swat, Deosai, Baltistan, Gilgit), Jammu & Kashmir (Zanskar, Hazara, Poonch, Kashmir) as per Catalogue of Life)










(Introduced into: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Central European Rus, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krym, Masachusettes, Missouri, Nepal, Netherlands, North Caucasus, Northwest European R, Ohio, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Romania, Sicilia, South European Russi, Spain, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia as per POWO)




Salix karelinii Turcz. ex Stschegl. (Pakistan (Chitral, Swat, Gilgit, Baltistan), Jammu & Kashmir (Dras, Ladakh, Zanskar, Hazara, Kashmir), China (Xinjiang), Afghanistan (Kunar / Nuristan), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal as per Catalogue of life)

Salix lindleyana Wall. ex Andersson (Tibet, China (NW-Yunnan), Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan (Deosai, Baltistan), Jammu & Kashmir (Hazara, Kashmir), Sikkim as per Catalogue of life)

Salix longiflora Wall. ex Andersson (China (Sichuan, Yunnan), Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal as per Catalogue of Life)




Salix obscura Andersson (S-Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal as per Catalogue of life)




Salix psilostigma Andersson (China (Sichuan, Yunnan), Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Myanmar [Burma] (Chin, Kachin) as per Catalogue of life)






Salix sericocarpa Andersson  (Afghanistan, China South-Central, East Himalaya, Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO)







Salix serpyllum Andersson (Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sikkim as per Catalogue of life)









Salix sikkimensis Andersson (Tibet, China (NW-Yunnan), Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim as per Catalogue of life)




Salix tetrasperma Roxb. (Saudi Arabia (Hejaz, C-Saudi Arabia, Nejd Desert), S-Egypt, Pakistan (Baluchistan, Quetta, Kurram, Gilgit, Punjab, Lahore), Jammu & Kashmir, Java, India, peninsular Malaysia (Perak, Pahang, Selangor), Sumatra, Lesser Sunda Isl. (Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores), Borneo, Philippines (Luzon, Bohol, Mindanao), China (Guangdong, Hainan, Yunnan), Tibet, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Sikkim, Myanmar [Burma] (Bago, Kachin, Mandalay, Sagaing), Nepal, Bangladesh as per Catalogue of Life)

Here is the list of … Salix found in India:

1.S. acmophylla                                               

S. aegyptiaca

3. S. alba                        

S. babylonica                                     

5. S. bhutanensis                                 

S. caesia                         

7. S. calyculata                     

8. S. daltoniana                            

9. S. denticulata                         

S. dolichostachya (syn. of Salix sericocarpa Andersson

S. eriostachya                           

S. flabellaris                            

S. fragilis                             

S. hylematica (syn. of Salix serpyllum Andersson)

S. ichnostachya                          

S. karelinii                         

17. S. lindleyana                        

S. longiflora                          

19. S. obscura                          

S. oreophila                        

21. S. psilostigma                       

S. pycnostachya                      

23. S. radinostachya                             

S. salwinensis                         

25. S. sclerophylla                          

S. sericocarpa                 

27. S. serpyllum                       

S. sikkimensis

Salix tetrasperma                                

S. thomsoniana

S. wallichiana                      

S. wilhelmsiana


Willows and Poplars (SALICACEAE) of INDIA- Selected Salix and Populus species of Himalaya Photos by Sukla. Chanda. Produced by S. Chanda, R. Foster, J. Philipp, T. Wachter; with support from Connie Keller, Ellen Hyndman Fund & Andrew Mellon Foundation 
(Salix alba,
Salix babylonica,
Salix daltoniana,
Salix denticulata,
Salix eriostachya,
Salix longiflora,
Salix obscura,
Salix psilostigma,
Salix serpyllum,
Salix sikkimensis &
Salix wallichiana)

STUDIES ON THE INDIAN SPECIES OF THE GENUS SALIX L., SECTIONS CAESIAE, CHEILOPHILAE AND HELIXWnft SPECIAL REFERENCE TO IDENTIFICATION AND DISTRIBUTION By Sukla Chanda, A. Pramanik and G.G. Maiti (Abstract: …. only in the north western Himalayan region of India these sections Caesiae, Cheilophilae have single representative member viz. S. myricaefolia Andersson and S. wilhelmsiana M. Bieb. respectively and the section Helix is represented by 2 species as S. pycnostachya Andersson and S. sericocarpa Andersson. In the present account the distributional pattern, taxonomic characters and identification of these 4 species of Salix are discussed with two keys one for sections and the other for species.)


of Peninsular India
with keys at
species links, if any

Salix babylonica (Cultivated at higher altitudes)
Salix ichnostachya (Rare along river banks)

Floral Database of Tamilnadu

Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution Common name

Tree Western Ghats,
High Altitudes, Cultivated, Native of Mediterranean Region
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. II, 1987
Salix tetrasperma Roxb. Tree Dry
Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests, Riparian
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. II, 1987; Matthew 1983
Cuddalore, Dharmapuri,  Dindigul,
Madurai, Namakkal, Nilgiri, Salem, Theni
Nirvanji, Vanji

Species with description &
pictures in Flowers of India
as on 2.2.14: 

Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name
Salix babylonica Salicaceae Weeping Willow
Salix calyculata Salicaceae Small Sepal Willow
Salix denticulata Salix elegans, Salix elegans var. himalensis, Salix himalensis Salicaceae Elegant Willow
Salix sericocarpa Salix rehderiana var. lasiogyna Salicaceae Silky Fruit Willow
Salix tetrasperma Salicaceae Indian Willow


Salix acmophylla (Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Sinai, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, India and Central Asia)
Salix aegyptiaca (Turkey-South-Eastern Anatolia (Provinces Bitlis, Hakkiari), South-Eastern Transcaucasia (Zangezur, Karabagh), Northern Persia, widely cultivated in Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc.)
Salix alba (Europe except the Arctic W. Siberia; Mediterranean region, S.W. and Central Asia. Often planted. Widely naturalized in Pakistan)
Salix babylonica (Native country uncertain, probably China, widely planted)
Salix blakii (Pakistan (Chitral), Kashmir, Afghanistan, Kazakstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, China (S. Xinjiang))
Salix caesia (Pakistan (Chitral, Gilgit), Kashmir, Afghanistan, Kirghizstan, China (Xinjiang, Xizang), Mongolia, Russia (S. Siberia), Europe)
Salix capusii (Pakistan (Chitral, Kurram valley, Gilgit), Kashmir, 1500-3500 m; Afghanistan, Tajikistan; China (Xinjiang))
Salix denticulata subsp. denticulata (Eastern Afghanistan, Pakistan (Kurram, Swat, Hazara, Murree) Kashmir, India Nepal and China (Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan))
Salix denticulata subsp. hazarica (Pakistan (Chitral, Dir, Hazara), Kashmir)
Salix dolichostachya (Pakistan (Murree), Kashmir, India (Himachal Predesh Tehri-Garhwal))
Salix excelsa (Pakistan (N. Baluchistan, Gilgit, Kurram) Kashmir, (probably all introduced), Afghanistan, former Russia (Central Asia), China (Kashghar), Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria)
Salix fedtschenkoi (Afghanistan (Nuristan), Tajikistan (Pamir, Darvaz), Pakistan (Gilgit) (A.K. Skvortsov, l.c.); China (Xinjiang))
Salix flabellaris (Pakistan, (Chitral, Swat, Hazara, Karakoram, Gilgit), Kashmir, India (Tehri-Garhwal), Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim; China (W. Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan))
Salix iliensis (Afghanistan, Pakistan (Chitral, Gilgit), Kashmir, Kazakstan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)
Salix karelinii (Afghanistan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan (Chitral, Gilgit, Hazara), Kashmir, China (W. Xinjiang), Nepal)
Salix koeieana (Pakistan (Quetta Dist.); Afghanistan)
Salix lindleyana (Pakistan (Hazara), Kashmir, India (Kumaon), Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan; China (Yunnan; Xizang))
Salix nuristanica (Afghanistan, Pakistan (Chitral))
Salix pycnostachya (Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan (Chitral, Gilgit, Swat), Kashmir, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Khirgzstan and China (S. Xinjiang))
Salix schugnanica (Afghanistan, Paksitan (Chitral), Tajikistan, China (Xinjiang))
Salix sclerophylla (China (Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan, Yunnan, Xizang), India, Nepal, Kashmir and Pakistan)
Salix sericocarpa (Afghanistan, Pakistan (Chitral, Gilgit, Hunza), Kashmir, India, Nepal, Sikkim, China (Xizang, Yunnan))
Salix tetrasperma (Pakistan (N.W.F. Province, Punjab, Baluchistan), India, Myanmar, China (Guangdong, Hainan, Xizang, Yunnan) Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam)
Salix turanica (Afghanistan, Paksitan (Chitral, Swat), Kashmir, Kazakstan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan, N.W. India, Chian (Xinjiang), Mongolia)
Salix viminalis (West and Central Europe, Russia, China, Mongolia, Japan, China, Kashmir, India)
Salix wallichiana (Afghanistan, Pakistan (Chitral, Kurram, Swat, Gilgit, Hazara), Kashmir, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, N. Mynamar; China (Gansu, Guizhou, Hebei, Hubei, Hunan, Nei Mongol, S. Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan Zhejiang))
Salix wilhelmsiana (Iran, Oman, Afghanistan, Pakistan (Gilgit, Hunza), Kashmir, Kirghistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, China (Gansu, Nei Mongolia, Ningxia, XinjiAng), S.W. Asia, Europe)

Salix anticecrenata (3800-4200 m; E. Nepal)
Salix anticecrenata mstr. monadelpha (4000-4200 m; E. Nepal)
Salix babylonica (1400-3650 m; Native of China; cultivated in temperate regions)
Salix bhutanensis (2400-4600 m; E. Himalaya (Nepal to Bhutan))
Salix bistyla (Nepal, S.W. China (N.W. Yunnan))
Salix calyculata (3600-4500 m; E. Himalaya (Nepal to Bhutan), S. Tibet, N. Burma)
Salix daltoniana (3400-4400 m; E. Himalaya (Nepal to Bhutan), Assam)
Salix denticulata (2400-3000 m; Afghanistan, Himalaya (Kashmir to Nepal))
Salix disperma (1500-3500 m; Afghanistan, Himalaya (Kashmir to Bhutan), Assam, Tibet, N. Burma, China)
Salix eriostachya (3200-4500 m; Nepal)
Salix hylematica (2600-4500 m; Himalaya (Kumaun to Bhutan))
Salix karelinii (2100-4400 m; C. Asia, Himalaya (Karakoram to Nepal))
Salix lindleyana
Salix lindleyana forma hebecarpa (3800 m; Himalaya (Kumaun to Sikkim) to W. China)
Salix lindleyana forma microphylla (3400-4600 m)
Salix lindleyana var. lindleyana (3800-5000 m)
Salix lindleyana var. microphylla
Salix longiflora (3000-3400 m; E. Himalaya (Nepal to Bhutan))
Salix luctuosa (Nepal, Burma to Tibet, W. China)
Salix myrtillacea (2900-4000 m; Himalaya (Nepal to Bhutan), Assam, Burma, Tibet, China (Szechuan, S. Kansu))
Salix obscura (2400-3600 m; Himalaya (Nepal to Bhutan))
Salix oreophila (4000 m; Nepal)
Salix ovatomicrophylla (4000-4500 m; E. Himalaya (Nepal, Sikkim), W. China)
Salix plectilis (200 m; Nepal)
Salix psilostigma (4000 m; Himalaya (Nepal, Sikkim), Assam to China (Yunnan, Hupeh))
Salix pycnostachya (4000 m; Nepal)
Salix salwinensis (2800-3800 m; E. Himalaya (E. Nepal to Bhutan), S.W. China (Yunnan))
Salix sclerophylla (3600-5500 m; Himalaya (Kashmir to Nepal), Tibet)
Salix sericocarpa (2400-5100 m; Nepal)
Salix serpyllum (4700 m; E. Himalaya (Nepal, Sikkim))
Salix sikkimensis (3800-4400 m; E. Himalaya (E. Nepal to Bhutan), Bengal, W. China)
Salix staintoniana (3400-3700 m; Nepal)
Salix tetrasperma
Salix tetrasperma var. pyrina (200-2700 m; Nepal, Thailand, W. China)
Salix tetrasperma var. tetrasperma (1400 m; Afghanistan, India, Indo-China, Malaysia, S. China)
Salix thomsoniana (3400 m; Nepal)
Salix turanica (2900 m; Nepal)

Salix caprea L. (Cultivated)

Indian Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated Dictionary edited by C.P. Khare (2007)- Details-
Salix ×fragilis L. (Cultivated)
Salix nigra MARSH. (Cultivated)
Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha, V. Krishna, T. Pullaiah (2004)- Details-
Forest Plants of Eastern India By Amal Bhusan Chaudhuri 91993)- Brief details-
Gardening in India By George Marshall Woodrow, G Marshall (1999)- Brief details-
Floriculture in India By Gurcharan Singh Randhawa, Amitabha Mukhopadhyay (1986)- Brief details-

In India two genera Populus L. and Salix L. are reported under Salicaceae sensu stricto. A key to the genera is presented below:

1a. Vegetative buds with many outer scales; terminal buds frequently present; catkins  mostly pendulous;

       floral bracts  dentate or lobed; flower with disc but without any glands …………………………  1. Populus

1b.Vegetative buds with one outer scale; terminal bud absent; catkins generally erect; occasionally

      spreading or pendulous; floral bracts generally entire; flowers without any disc, but with glands..  2. Salix


Some addition which I found from Flowers of Himalaya by Polunin which might be useful. (… may add or alter if anything is not correct)

SALIX : The flowers are insect pollinated. The leaves are narrow and short stalked.

POPULUS: Flowers are wind pollinated numerous and pendulous. Leaves with broad blade and slender leaf stalk.

The list of sp. mentioned

Trees or shrubs






Cultivated sp. Large arboreal trees

   S.alba White willow

   S.excelsa Crack willow

   S. babylonica. Weeping willow

Dwarf alpine shrublets, usually less than a meter.

   Leaves tiny less than a cm


      S. hylematica

   Leaves usually more than a cm

      S. calculata



In Maharashtra there are only two species mentioned under Salicaceae.

Salix tetrasperma

Salix ichnostachya.

Thanks … You just miss one little thing from this book that Salix acmophylla is also mentioned as a cultivated species here. Flowers of the Himalaya (by Polunin and Stainton) is a good book, but it deals only central and western Himalaya (in the introductory part you could find the map and areas they covered). So we can get only 13 species (9 wild and 4 cultivated) of Salix and 5 species of Populus.
Talbot (1911) in his book Forest Flora of the Bombay Presidency and Sind had also added Salix babylonica and mentioned the other two species as you said.  According to him this species is cultivated in “Poona, Bombay and elsewhere throughout the presidency”.

Deciduous trees, or shrubs; branches terete.Leaves mostly alternate; blades variously shaped, often long and narrow; petioles frequently short; stipules small, free, deciduous. Catkin solitary, axillary to terminal, appearing before, with or after leaves; male flowers: sessile, bracteate; glandular; gland 1 or 2, fleshy and juicy; stamens 2-many; filaments free, or connate; female flowers: sessile, bracteate; glandular; ovary sessile or stipitate. Infructescence slender; capsules ovoid-conical, 2-valved; seeds oblong to ellipsoid, small, comose.
The genus Salix L. have 400 species, chiefly distributed in northern temperate regions ( Mabberley, 2008 ), a few are also found in the Southern Hemisphere excludingAustralia and New Guinea. According to Fang ( 1987) there are ca. 526 species of Salix L. in the World, most of which are distributed in the Northern Hemisphere, with only a few are distributedto Southern Hemisphere. In India most of the species are found in the Himalaya from Jammu & Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh. A few viz. S. tetrasperma and S. ichnostachya are available in the tropical and subtropical zones as well. S. tetrasperma is the most widely spread species of Salix in India, found almost all the parts.
Collection and identification of Salix are pretty laborious job as it found in very hostile hill slopes and look very similar in the field. As no such elaborate flower is present in this member, identification can be confirmed after dissecting the flower in many cases.
The majority of the species of Salix are grown along or near the river banks, lakes, etc. even grow on boulder-strewn ground near stream. The common habitat of Salix nearer to water bodies reflects the fact that they need constant moisture supply for immediate seed germination. Many willows are grown as ornamentals and for screens, shelter, holding banks and some of the species for the tuff flexible branches from which baskets are made.

Salix : 1 post by 1 author.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Salix

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

If someone can provide complete list of Indian species with source references it will be wonderful.
Thanks, Sukla ji, for the wonderful fortnight on Salicaceae. 

Any comments/ corrections are welcome

Pl. go throughSalix‎‎ (Salicaceae) page with comparative images of species in efloraofindia. On clicking the link of species, one can check the complete details.

I request you to pl. go through & point out mistakes, if any. I hope this will aid in identifications in future. If anybody can send images of other species of this genus (for incorporation in the website), if any, or can identify unidentified images, it will be really nice.

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