Salix × fragilis L., Sp. Pl. 1017 1753. (syn: Oisodix × decipiens Raf.; Psatherips × fragilis (L.) Raf.; Salix alba var. elyensis Burtt Davy; Salix × chlorocarpa Schur; Salix × decipiens Hoffm.; Salix × excelsa Tausch ex W.D.J.Koch; Salix × excelsior Host; Salix × fragilior Host; Salix × fragilis f. comosa Zapal.; Salix × fragilis var. decipiens W.D.J.Koch; Salix × fragilis var. glauca Spenn.; Salix × fragilis f. glaucescens Zapal.; Salix × fragilis var. polyandra Wimm.; Salix × fragilis nothovar. rubens (Schrank) P.D.Sell; Salix × fragilis f. subglabrisquamis Zapal.; Salix × fragilis f. sublaxiflora Zapal.; Salix × fragilissima Host; Salix × fragillima Schur; Salix × gracilenta Tausch; Salix × lyonii J.Forbes; Salix × monspeliensis J.Forbes; Salix × montana J.Forbes; Salix × neotricha Goerz; Salix × palustris Host; Salix × pendula Ser.; Salix × pendula var. multistipulata Ser.; Salix × persicifolia Schleich.; Salix × rubens Schrank; Salix × russelliana Sm.; Salix × sanguinea Tausch ex Opiz; Salix × viridis Fr.; Salix × wargiana Lej.; Vimen × russeliana (Sm.) Raf.);
Native to: Turkey; Introduced into: Alaska, Albania, Alberta, Algeria, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Belgium, British Columbia, Bulgaria, California, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Central European Rus, Colorado, Connecticut, Corse, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, District of Columbia, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, Finland, France, Free State, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Idaho, Illinois, India, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Krym, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Maine, Manchuria, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mongolia, Nebraska, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northern Territory, Norway, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Poland, Portugal, Prince Edward I., Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Sicilia, South Australia, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania, Tennessee, Transcaucasus, Turkey-in-Europe, Ukraine, Uruguay, Utah, Vermont, Victoria, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Western Australia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Yugoslavia as per POWO;

Salix fragilis: 6 images- 4 high res. images.
Location: Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir.

When was it flowering ?
Do you have any image showing the full tree?
It does not have distribution in your area as per POWO.
I think it may be Salix babylonica (Introduced) as per images and details herein and as per distribution in POWO.

All salix sp in kashmir valley have been introduced.
This sp. Is always confused with salix nigra.
According to Akhtar malik sir. This sp is Salix fragilis.

Salix babylonica is different sir.

1 image

Thanks, …, for the habit image.
Yes, it will not be Salix babylonica (Introduced)

it appears not even Salix x fragilis.

We don’t have S.nigra in kashmir.
Salix babylonica is different from this sp.

Salix x fragilis was introduced in cold desert regions in India about 150 years ago. I have clicked some photographs from Spiti (H.P.) in June 2022 tour. I’ll share them soon.

After going through lots of literature on Salix flagilis to confirm the identity of my specimens, I came across this good paper which beautifully differentiates between two closely related species (S. fragilis and S. alba; both these species have been widely cultivated in cold desert region in H.P.).
1 pdf- Present distribution and probable primary range of brittle willow (Salix fragilis L.)



POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  IPNI   Wikipedia  lucidcentral  CABI  woodlandtrust
Willow (Salix fragilis Linn.): A Multipurpose Tree Species under Pest Attack in the Cold Desert of Lahaul Valley, Northwestern Himalaya, India: March 2006 AMBIO A Journal of the Human Environment 35(1):43-8
Salix fragilis L.: Pollarding potential in dry temperate environment of the North-Western, Himalaya, India– June 2010 Range Management and Agroforestry 31(1):1-6

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