Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Salix discolor Muhl. image
Photographer: Michael Clayton           

Botanical Illustration

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Robert Bierman
Family Salicaceae
Salix discolor Muhl.
pussy willow
Salix: Latin name for the willow and meaning "to leap or spring" in reference to its fast growth
discolor: of two or different colors
County distribution map- click for detailed distribution maps.
Detailed Distribution:
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Status: Native
Plant: perennial tree 8'-27' tall
Flower: buds to 1/3", catkin mostly stalkless, 1" long, very fuzzy
Leaf:mostly elliptic, edges flat, usually shiny green above, underside whitened
Habitat: wet; swamps, wet areas

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Flora of North America (off site)
Salix ancorifera Fernald
Salix conformis Forbes
Salix crassa Barratt
Salix discolor Muhl. var. discolor
Salix discolor Muhl. var. overi C.R.Ball
Salix discolor Muhl. var. prinoides (Pursh) Andersson
Salix discolor Muhl. var. rigidior (Andersson) C.K.Schneid.
Salix fuscata Pursh
Salix prinoides Pursh
Salix sensitiva Barratt
Salix squamata Rydb.

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