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Salix pedicellata   (Mediterranean Willow)

Salix pedicellata  (SALICACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Nov-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Salix pedicellata - datasheet created on Nov-2007. Retrieved from on 22-Jun-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Salix pedicellataDesf.
Published in Fl. Atl. 2: 362 (1799)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Salix libanii Bornm.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Salicaceae Mirbel (The Willow Family)
4 species from the Salicaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Mediterranean Willow

Maltese name(s) :

Żafżafa ż-żgħira, Safsafa ż-żgħira

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Macro-Phanerophyte ( high trees usually over 10 m high )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Protected by law: Schedule I of [S.L. 549.123] AND schedule III of [S.L. 549.44] (Strictly protected tree species)

Red List (1989) :

Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)

Flowering Time :

February – April

Colour of Flowers:

Green or Inconspicuous


Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :


Planting in rural areas :

Encouraged to be planted in the wild that is in rural areas including ODZ.

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Botanical Description: Tall shrub or tree up to 10 m. Decorticated wood with numerous prominent ridges. Young twigs grey-tomentose, the older ones gradually becoming glabrous. Leaves oblong or obovate-lanceolate, dentate, crenate or nearly entire, thinly pubescent beneath, glabrescent above; lateral veins at least 10-12 pairs, connected by a fine reticulation, prominent beneath, impressed above. Stipules large, semi-cordate, dentate, deciduous. Bracts with short hairs. Catkins 3-6 x 1-1.5 cm. Ovary glabrous; pedicel 3-4 mm; style short or moderately long.
Distributional range: W. Mediterranean region.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Corse, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Doubtful in Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
? AE(G) Ag ?Co Cr Hs(S) It Le Ma Sa Si(M S) Sy Tn Tu(A)

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Species Images (16 images)
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-0.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-1.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-2.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-3.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-4.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-5.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-6.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-7.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-8.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-9.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-10.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-11.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-12.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-13.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-14.
   Salix pedicellata   -   Image Code: SLXPD-15.

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