Salix cinerea subsp. cinerea

Grey Sallow

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Small to large rounded shrub or small spreading tree to 10 m high with multiple stems or short trunk; wood generally strongly striate; twigs green or brownish-green; buds more or less densely pubescent. Leaves very variable, generally obovate or oblanceolate, 2.5–7.7 cm long, 1.3–3 cm wide, dull green and shortly pubescent above, softly pubescent to ultimately glabrescent below, hairs crisped, relatively long, not rust-coloured; margins varying from virtually entire to strongly undulate-serrate. Fruiting catkins to 8 cm long; capsule to 9 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtR, *VVP. Also naturalised NSW, ACT, Tas. Indigenous to Europe, Siberia, and northern Africa. Naturalised in New Zealand. Occurs along streams or near seasonal to permanent swamps and bogs, from sea-level to above the treeline, invasive in both disturbed and undisturbed situations. Most abundant in wetter parts of the Eastern Highlands and the Gippsland Plains.

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
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Salix cinerea subsp. cinerea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Salix cinerea subsp. cinerea 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
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory