Salix fragilis

Family (Traditional)Salicaceae
Species:Salix fragilis L.
Common NameCrack Willow; Brittle Willow
Growth Habitshrub
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Woody; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: shrub; Region of Origin: Asia; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: pinnate; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Capsule; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; TN[SNA] KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNRQ (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Salix fragilis Salix × fragilis L.
Salix fragilis Salix fragilis L.
Salix fragilis Salix x fragilis L.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Clark (KY), Hickman (KY), Jefferson (KY)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY, HTTU

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1955 - 1997

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
APSC0077596 Jefferson Kentucky 19 Apr 1986 Max Medley
Salix fragilis
APSC0084682 Jefferson Kentucky
Salix fragilis
HTTU015831 Hickman Kentucky
Salix fragilis
31234100643913 Clark Kentucky 12 Jul 1955 Mary Ruth Beckett
Salix fragilis
HTTU015832 Hickman Kentucky
Salix fragilis
31234100643905 Hickman Kentucky 19 Oct 1997 Ross C. Clark, Paul Beck, James Beck, Carrie Tilton
Salix fragilis
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