Salix retusa

Salix retusa is a species of flowering plant in the family Salicaceae.

Salix retusa
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Salix retusa at the Giardino Botanico Alpino Chanousia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Salicaceae
Genus: Salix
S. retusa
Binomial name
Salix retusa


Salix retusa can reach a height of 10–30 centimetres (3.9–11.8 in). This plant usually develops creeping stems, rarely erect. The dull green leaves are obovate, lanceolate or elliptic, with entire margins, 2 × 1 cm, with very short petioles. Like all willows this species is dioecious. Catkins are broadly cylindrical, with yellow anthers. Flowers bloom from June to July.


It is present in the mountains of central and southern Europe including the Pyrenees and the mountains of Bulgaria.


This species can be found in rock crevices and screes at elevation of 2,000–2,700 metres (6,600–8,900 ft) above sea level.


  • Pignatti S. - Flora d'Italia (3 voll.) - Edagricole – 1982
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003

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