Feltleaf or Alaska Willow

Salix alaxensis (Anderss.) Cov.

Leaves: elliptic to oblanceolate, 2" to 4" long, margins entire, upper surface dull green, essentially glabrous when mature, under surface tomentose (densely covered with soft creamy white wool or felt).

Catkins: stalkless, appearing before the leaves, 2" to 4" long at maturity.

Seed capsules: long, pointed, and pubescent (woolly).

The name alaxensis comes from an old spelling of Alaska. Only one tall shrub of S. alaxensis has been found growing in the town of Unalaska, but it should be watched for since it is found on nearby Unimak Island.

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