Eared Willow - Salix aurita
It is a shrub to 2.5 m in height, distinguished from the similar but slightly larger Salix cinerea by its reddish petioles and young twigs. It was named for its persistent kidney-shaped stipules along the shoots. Flowers are in the form of catkins with male and female flowers on separate plants.
Damper areas including woodland edge, scrub and hedgerows.
In flower during May and June.
Most common in northern and western Britain, more scattered elsewhere.
Scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 10 of the 617 tetrads.
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