Populus nigra 'Italica'

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect, narrow-crowned tree to c. 40 m high; bark dull grey, fissureed; young shoots glabrous or glabrescent. Buds ovoid, viscid. Leaves deltoid-ovate to rhombic, 5–12 cm long, often slightly wider than long, glabrous, slightly discolorous, usually lustrous above; apex acuminate; base broadly cuneate to truncate; margins serrate with gland-tipped teeth. Plants apparently male only. Catkins appearing before leaves, rather lax, 3–5 cm long; catkin-scales c. orbicular, 1–2 mm long, deeply laciniate; stamens 12–20, anthers crimson. Flowers spring.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *VVP. Noted as naturalised (in undisturbed riparian vegetation) along the upper Genoa River (presumably from branchlets carried by the river from farmlands far upstream), but commonly observed along watercourses through agricultural areas (e.g. Yarra River near Melbourne, upper Murray River); such trees may be either naturalised or deliberately planted.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-08-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Salicaceae
genus Populus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Populus nigra 'Italica' in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Populus nigra 'Italica' in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised