[Willows of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow

Salix commutata

Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula)

Female catkins and leaves of what appears to be variable willow as seen along the Timberline Trail immediately north of McNeil Point, Mt. Hood.............August 19, 2012. Note the fluffy seeds being released.

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula) - Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula)

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula) - Male catkin and new leaves of Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula) - New leaf growth of Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula)

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula)

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula)

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula)

What appears to be variable willow (all male plants) near the upper tree line aong the Vista Ridge Ski Trail at Mount Hood Meadows Ski Area..........July 6, 2013. Snow has only melted off the ground at this site during the previous week.

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula) - Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula)

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula)

What appears to be variable willow (male plants) beneath either the Vista Express or Daisy ski lifts at Mount Hood Meadows Ski Area..........July 6, 2013. This site is lower than the previous site and thus is further along in bloom period.

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula) - Female catkin of Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula) - Male catkin of Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula)

Female catkins and leaves of what appears to be variable willow as seen at left along the Timberline Trail immediately north of McNeil Point, Mt. Hood.............August 19, 2012. This is a common streamside shrub of alpine and subalpine areas on Mt. Hood. The photos at center and right show the female and male catkins of variable willow as seen in a riparian area above the Pacific Crest Trail at Mount Hood Meadows Ski Area.........July 19, 2017.

Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula) - Lower leaf surface of Under-green Willow, Variable Willow: Salix commutata (Synonyms: Salix barclayi var. commutata, Salix commutata var. commutata, Salix commutata var. denudata, Salix commutata var. puberula)

What appears to be under-green willow as seen along the Blue Lake shoreline along the Blue Lake Trail 3A south of Craggy Peak in the Dark Divide, Gifford Pinchot National Forest.........August 25, 2015.

Paul Slichter