Salix cinerea L.

Sp. Pl. 1021 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Shrub or tree to c. 10 m high, many-stemmed, occasionally with a short trunk; crown generally rounded or dome-shaped; bark grey-brown, ultimately fissured. Leaves ovate, obovate to elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, at first pubescent on both sides, glaucous below; base cuneate or rounded-cuneate; stipules (when present) broadly ear-shaped, persistent or caducous, to 8 mm long. Catkins appearing before leaves, subsessile, erect, dense-flowered, 1.2–2.8 cm long, 1.3–1.8 cm wide; catkin-scales 1.5–2.5 mm long, dark brown; stamens 2; ovary 2–2.5 mm long, prominently stalked, densely pubescent. Capsule 5.5–9 mm long.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP.

Reproduction is largely by seed (unlike most Victorian Salix).

2 subspecies, both in Victoria.

Source: Carr, G.W. (1996). Salix. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Salicaceae
genus Salix
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Salix cinerea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Salix cinerea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced
Victorian Alps present naturalised

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory