Salix planifolia Provisional Shrubland Alliance
Tea-leaved willow thickets

Summary Information

  • Primary Life FormShrub
  • Elevation2500-4000 m
  • State RarityS2?
  • Global RarityG4
  • DistributionCAN: AB, BC, LB, MB, NF, NT, NU, ON, QC, SK, YT. FRA: SPM. USA: AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, ME, MI, MN, MT, NH, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY (TJM2) (USDA Plants)
  • Endemic to CaliforniaNo
  • Endemic to California Floristic Province and DesertsNo
  • Date Added2009/09/01

Characteristic Species

Salix planifolia is dominant in the shrub canopy with Salix eastwoodiae, Salix orestera and Vaccinium cespitosum.

Vegetation Layers

Shrubs < 3 m; canopy is open to continuous. Herbaceous layer is variable with a diversity of upper-elevation, wet meadow species.


Subalpine wet or saturated streamsides, tarn edges, and wet meadows. Soils are alluvial and derived from granitic parent materials. The USFWS Wetland Inventory (1996 national list) recognizes Salix planifolia as an OBL plant.

Other Habitat, Alliance, and Community Groupings

MCV (1995) Subalpine wetland shrub habitat
NVCS (2009) Salix planifolia temporarily flooded shrubland alliance
Calveg Willow (riparian scrub)
Holland Montane riparian scrub
Munz Not treated
WHR Montane riparian, Wet meadow
CDFW CA Code 61.119.00