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Salix polaris

Salix polaris Wahlenb.

Polar Willow

Salicaceae (Willow family)

Synonym(s): Salix polaris ssp. pseudopolaris, Salix polaris var. glabrata, Salix polaris var. selwynensis, Salix pseudopolaris


USDA Native Status: AK (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Purple , Brown , Black
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. Bloom color represents color of floral bracts on catkins or color of anthers.


Canada: BC , NT , NU , YT
Native Habitat: Arctic-alpine, moist late snowbed and snowflush areas, talus and scree slopes, sides of depressed center frost polygons, sedge meadows, mud boils, calcareous tills, sandy marine silts.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Salix polaris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salix polaris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salix polaris


Record Modified: 2020-11-16
Research By: CBR

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