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Taxon: Salix sitchensis C. A. Sanson ex Bong.

Genus: Salix
Family: Salicaceae
Nomen number: 311381
Place of publication: Mem. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Pétersbourg, Ser. 6, Sci.Math. 2(2):162. 1832
Name verified on: 04-Mar-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 25-Oct-2001
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • Sitka willow   (Source: Trees US ) – English
  • velvet willow   (Source: Websters Dict ) – English

Economic importance:

  • Gene sources: potential gene source for biomass energy plants   (fide V. Pohjonen, Acta FFen 221:22-23. 1991)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Far East [Okhotsk]
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Subarctic America: United States - Alaska [s. & s.e.]
    Western Canada: Canada - Alberta, British Columbia
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Idaho [n.], Montana [n.w.], Oregon, Washington
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California [n. & c.], Nevada [w.]


  • Argus, G. W. 1973. The genus Salix in Alaska and the Yukon. Publ. Bot. (Ottawa) 2:190–192. [lists as S. sitchensis C. A. Sanson].
  • Argus, G. W. 1997. Notes on the taxonomy and distribution of California Salix. Madroño 44:131.
  • Dorn, R. D. 1977. Willows of the Rocky Mountain states. Rhodora 79:427. [lists as S. sitchensis C. A. Sanson ex Bong.].
  • Dorn, R. D. 2000. A taxonomic study of Salix sections Mexicanae and Viminella subsection Sitchenses in North America. Brittonia 52:5.
  • Englert, J. M. et al. 1999–. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators.
  • Hickman, J. C., ed. 1993. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California. [lists as S. sitchensis Bong.].
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. [lists as S. sitchensis C. A. Sanson ex Bong.].
  • Kartesz, J. T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. [lists as S. sitchensis C. A. Sanson ex Bong.].
  • Komarov, V. L. et al., eds. 1934–1964. Flora SSSR. [= S. sitchensis Sanson ex Bong.].
  • Krüssmann, G. 1984. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976). [lists as S. sitchensis Bong.].
  • Little, E. L., Jr. 1979. Checklist of United States trees, Agric. Handb. 541. [= S. sitchensis Sanson ex Bong.].
  • Moss, E. H. & J. G. Packer. 1983. Flora of Alberta, ed. 2. [lists as S. sitchensis C. A. Sanson ex Bong.].
  • Pohjonen, V. 1991. Selection of species and clones for biomass willow forestry in Finland. Acta Forest. Fenn. 221:22.
  • Webster's third new international dictionary.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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