Salix disperma Roxb. ex D. Don, Prod. Fl. Nep. 58 1825 (syn: Salix funebris H. Lév.; Salix grisea Wall.; Salix julacea Anderss.; Salix julacea var. grisea (Anderss.) Flod.; Salix julacea var. sericea (Anderss.) Flod.; Salix mairei H. Lév.; Salix pachyclada H. Lév. & Vaniot; Salix pseudogrisea Steud.; Salix wallichiana Andersson; Salix wallichiana var. grisea Andersson; Salix wallichiana f. longistyla C. F. Fang; Salix wallichiana var. pachyclada (H. Lév. & Vaniot) C. Wang
& C. F. Fang; Salix wallichiana var. sericea Andersson) as per Catalogue of Life;   
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;   
 
Medium-sized to large deciduous shrubs, or a small trees; leaf blades broadly ovate to ovate-oblong; catkin appearing before or with young leaves, long, slender, mostly provided with basal leaves; stamens 2, filaments free; ovary tomentose, stipitate.  
 
Salix wallichiana Andersson
Photographs are taken from Camel’s Back road, Mussourie, 6500 ft.


Thanks … for beautiful pics…



 

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Salix wallichiana Andersson
Medium-sized to large deciduous shrubs, or a small trees; leaf blades broadly ovate to ovate-oblong; catkin appearing before or with young leaves, long, slender, mostly provided with basal leaves; stamens 2, filaments free; ovary tomentose, stipitate.


Thanks … for nice images… being high up, this is always difficult to shoot..


 

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Salix wallichiana Anders.

Photographed from Harwan, Kashmir (herbarium specimens) and Kashmir University Botanical Garden.
I hope the catkins hanging from the branch belong to the same tree.

Both the dried and living specimens are good. You guess right that the fruiting catkins belong to S. wallichiana


Thanks a lot … I am now happy that my Salicaceae collections are now better catalogued after your scrutiny. 


I think The Plant List has wrongly stated Salix wallichiana Andersson is a synonym of Salix disperma Roxb. ex D.Don.


Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal also states so- where is the confusion ? 


… can resolve this issue. Even Version 1 of The Plant List considered S. wallichiana Andrs. as accepted name and S. disperma Roxb.ex D. Don as unresolved. The latest Version 1.1 of 2012 considers former as synonym of latter. Incidentally Enumeration of Flowering Plants of Nepal in 1982 had resolved S. disperma as accepted name and S. wallichiana as synonym.


I found after detail study of the type specimen and protologue that it might be happened that D. Don (1925) described the male and female plant of Salix disperma based on two different (specimens) species. This has created confusion in determining the species since there is no Salix species is available from Nepal with the characteristics of male and female flower as described by D. Don (1825). So I could not consider Salix disperma as a good species which was described from an admixture of collection of two different species 


Thanks, …, for clearing this taxonomic confusion.


 

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I saw this small shrub like tree yesterday. Please help identify it.

Near Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1750m
10 April 2015


May be Salix sp


Yes. it must be Salix wallichiana. Flowers appear before the leaves.

The leaves taste bitter. Blood purifier & antipyretic. A good fodder for sheep & goats.


 

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