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SPECIES: Salix myrtillifolia | Blueberry Willow
ABBREVIATION : SALMYR SYNONYMS : Salix novae-angliae Anderss. Salix novae-angliae Anderss. ssp. myrtillifolia Salix novae-angliae Anderss. var. myrtillifolia Salix pseudo-myrsinites Anderss. Salix pseudocordata (Anderss.) Rydberg Salix myrtillifolia var. pseudomyrsinites (Anderss.) Ball ex Hulten SCS PLANT CODE : SAMY SAMYC COMMON NAMES : blueberry willow low blueberry willow tall blueberry willow TAXONOMY : The currently accepted scientific name of blueberry willow is Salix myrtillifolia Andersson [5,10,15]. Two varieties are recognized based on morphological differences: var. myrtillifolia = low blueberry willow (a small shrub less than 24 inches [60 cm] tall) var. cordata (Anderss.) Ball = tall blueberry willow (an upright shrub between 3 and 10 feet [1-3 m] tall) Tall blueberry willow is sometimes regarded as a distinct species S. novae-angliae (Anderss.). This paper is consistent with Dorn [10], who places S. novae-angliae in synonomy with S. myrtillifolia. Blueberry willow is a northern species that grows throughout western Canada and Alaska. Closely related plants in the contiguous United States have been misidentified as S. myrtillifolia in some western floras (Flora of Idaho [Davis 1952], Vascular Flora of the Pacific Northwest [Hitchcock et al 1964]). Dorn [10], in his 1975 revision of the Salix section Cordatae, showed these plants to be a distinct species, and named them Booth willow (S. boothii Dorn). A Utah Flora [28] and Field Guide to the Willows of East-Central Idaho [7], both published since Dorn's revision, accept his taxonomy and use the name S. boothii. LIFE FORM : Shrub FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS : No special status OTHER STATUS : NO-ENTRY COMPILED BY AND DATE : Ronald Uchytil, February 1992 LAST REVISED BY AND DATE : NO-ENTRY AUTHORSHIP AND CITATION : Uchytil, Ronald J. 1992. Salix myrtillifolia. In: Remainder of Citation

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