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Taxon: Salix alba L.

Genus: Salix
Family: Salicaceae
Nomen number: 32674
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:1021. 1753, nom. cons.
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Comment: conserved (nom. cons.) with a conserved type (Melbourne ICN Art. 14.9 & App. IV) through conservation of the genus Salix
Name verified on: 07-Nov-1985 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 21-May-2013
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).
Accessions: 4 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.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • blue willow   (Source: Willows 47. 1992 [as S. alba var. caerulea]) – English   [Salix alba subsp. caerulea]
  • cricket-bat willow   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English   [Salix alba subsp. caerulea]
  • golden willow   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English   [Salix alba subsp. vitellina]
  • silver willow   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English   [Salix alba var. sericea]
  • white willow   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English   [Salix alba subsp. alba]
  • white willow   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • bai liu   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • Dotterweide   (Source: Zander ed14 ) – German   [Salix alba subsp. vitellina]
  • Silberweide   (Source: Zander ed14 ) – German
  • iva belaja   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Transliterated Russian
  • gulpil   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish   [Salix alba subsp. vitellina]
  • silverpil   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish   [Salix alba var. sericea]
  • vitpil   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Northern Africa: Algeria [n.]; Libya; Morocco
    Western Asia: Cyprus; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Western Siberia
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
    China: China - Gansu, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Xizang
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Salix alba L.:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (26 November 2015)

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