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Salix uva-ursi Pursh
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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Melampsoraceae  Melampsora epitea @ BPI (1)
Rhytismataceae  Rhytisma salicinum @ BPI (3)
Ustilaginaceae  Ustilago @ BPI (1)

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Salix uva-ursi Pursh
bearberry willow

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General Information
Symbol: SAUV
Group: Dicot
Family: Salicaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Shrub
Native Status : CAN   N
GL   N
L48   N
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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 601. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society . Scanned by Omnitek Inc . Usage Requirements .



Symbol Scientific Name
SAARL2 Salix arbuscula L. var. labradorica (Andersson) Andersson
SACU6 Salix cutleri Tuck.
SACUL Salix cutleri Tuck. var. labradorica (Andersson) Andersson
SAIV Salix ivigtutiana Lundstr.
SAMYP2 Salix myrsinites L. var. parvifolia Lange


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Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Salicales
Family Salicaceae – Willow family
Genus Salix L. – willow
Species Salix uva-ursi Pursh – bearberry willow

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Maine bearberry willow Threatened
New York bearberry willow Threatened
Vermont bearberry willow Endangered

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35. Salix uva-ursi Pursh, Fl. Amer. Sept. 2: 610. 1813.

Bearberry willow

Salix ivigtutiana Lundström; S. myrsinites Linnaeus var. parvifolia Lange

Plants 0.01-0.05 m, (dwarf), forming clonal compact mats by layering. Stems prostrate, short-trailing; branches red-brown, gray-brown, or yellow-brown, glabrous; branchlets yellow-green or yellow-brown, glabrous or puberulent. Leaves: stipules (sometimes marcescent) absent, rudimentary, or foliaceous on early ones, foliaceous on late ones; petiole (shallowly to deeply grooved adaxially), 2-6.5 mm; largest medial blade (marcescent), amphistomatous or hypostomatous, ovate, broadly obovate, oblanceolate, or elliptic, 4-23 × 3.5-10 mm, 1.7-3.6 times as long as wide, base convex or cuneate, margins flat, serrulate or crenulate, apex convex, acuminate, acute, or retuse, abaxial surface glaucous, usually glabrous (rarely few hairs), adaxial slightly or highly glossy, usually glabrous (rarely a few hairs); proximal blade margins entire or serrate; juvenile blade glabrous, pilose, or puberulent abaxially. Catkins: staminate 9-19 × 5-8 mm, flowering branchlet 0.5-9 mm; pistillate densely flowered, slender to subglobose, 11-47(-55 in fruit) × 6-10 mm, flowering branchlet 2-10 mm; floral bract brown, black, tawny, light rose, or bicolor, 1.1-1.8 mm, apex rounded or acute, entire, abaxially sparsely hairy, hairs straight or wavy. Staminate flowers: abaxial nectary absent, adaxial nectary narrowly oblong or oblong, 0.4-0.9 mm; filaments distinct, glabrous; stamens usually 1, rarely 2; anthers ellipsoid or shortly cylindrical, 0.4-0.7 mm. Pistillate flowers: abaxial nectary absent, adaxial nectary narrowly oblong or oblong, 0.5-0.8 mm, shorter to longer than stipe; stipe 0.3-1.6 mm; ovary ovoid or pyriform, glabrous, beak gradually tapering to styles; ovules 4-9 per ovary; styles 0.4-1 mm; stigmas flat, abaxially non-papillate with rounded tip, or slenderly cylindrical, 0.1-0.23-0.4 mm. Capsules 3-5 mm. 2 n = 38.

Flowering mid Jun-early Aug. Exposed, often dry or moist, calcareous, serpentine, dioritic, and granitic rocks, boulders, gravel, sand on beaches, outcrops, in snowbeds; 10-1200 m; Greenland; St. Pierre and Miquelon; Nfld. and Labr., N.S., Nunavut, Que.; Maine, N.H., N.Y., Vt.


Salix uva-ursi forms natural hybrids with S. herbacea .

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