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Salix exigua Nutt.
narrowleaf willow

General Information
Symbol: SAEX
Group: Dicot
Family: Salicaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub
Native Status: CAN   N
L48   N
Other Common Names: coyote willow
sandbar willow
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM   


Symbol Scientific Name
SAAR18 Salix argophylla Nutt.
SACO7 Salix columbiana (Dorn) Argus
SAEXA Salix exigua Nutt. var. angustissima (Andersson) Reveal & Broome
SAEXC Salix exigua Nutt. var. columbiana Dorn
SAEXH Salix exigua Nutt. var. hindsiana (Benth.) Dorn
SAEXL Salix exigua Nutt. var. luteosericea (Rydb.) C.K. Schneid.
SAEXN Salix exigua Nutt. var. nevadensis (S. Watson) C.K. Schneid.
SAEXP Salix exigua Nutt. var. parishiana (Rowlee) Jeps.
SAEXS Salix exigua Nutt. var. stenophylla (Rydb.) C.K. Schneid.
SAEXV Salix exigua Nutt. var. virens Rowlee
SAFLA Salix fluviatilis Nutt. var. argophylla (Nutt.) Sarg.
SAHI9 Salix hindsiana Benth.
SAHIL Salix hindsiana Benth. var. leucodendroides (Rowlee) C.R. Ball
SAHIP3 Salix hindsiana Benth. var. parishiana (Rowlee) C.R. Ball
SAHIT Salix hindsiana Benth. var. tenuifolia (Andersson) Andersson
SAINA Salix interior Rowlee var. angustissima (Andersson) Dayton
SAINL Salix interior Rowlee var. luteosericea (Rydb.) C.K. Schneid.
SALI2 Salix linearifolia Rydb.
SALOA3 Salix longifolia Muhl. var. argophylla (Nutt.) Andersson
SALOE Salix longifolia Muhl. var. exigua (Nutt.) Bebb
SALOO Salix longifolia Muhl. var. opaca Andersson
SALU3 Salix luteosericea Rydb.
SAMA18 Salix malacophylla Nutt. ex C.R. Ball
SAMAL Salix macrostachya Nutt. var. leucodendroides Rowlee
SANE6 Salix nevadensis S. Watson
SAPA16 Salix parishiana Rowlee
SASEH Salix sessilifolia Nutt. var. hindsiana (Benth.) Andersson
SASEH2 Salix sessilifolia Nutt. ssp. hindsiana (Benth.) Andersson
SASEL Salix sessilifolia Nutt. var. leucodendroides (Rowlee) C.K. Schneid.
SAST12 Salix stenophylla Rydb.
SATH3 Salix thurberi Rowlee


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
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 exigua Nutt. – narrowleaf willow

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
sandbar willow
sandbar willow
sandbar willow

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Arid West FACW
Great Plains FACW
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACW


SACO7  Salix columbiana (Dorn) Argus

Top Level Regions
Arid West FACW
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACW

SATH3  Salix thurberi Rowlee

Top Level Regions
Arid West FAC
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FAC
Great Plains FAC



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