FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Salix herbacea, dwarf willow

Salix herbacea; the dwarf willow can be found almost anywhere. The dwarf willow is typically a Nordic willow species adapted to harsh sub-arctic environments. Like all willows, it is dioecious, meaning plants bare either male or female catkins. They are very different in appearance. The opening photo shows a plant with female catkins which are characteristically red-coloured in appearance. The next photo shows - like the thumbnail in the list - a male plant with yellowish stamens. It is a member of the willow family (Salicaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Grasvíðir.

A brief introduction to Iceland plants
Text & Photographs by Dick Vuijk
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Other non-heather woody species

Other non-heather woody species

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Natural History of Iceland Site  in Dutch

Natural History of Iceland Site  Dutch