Native SpeciesPussy willow

Salix discolor
NOT FOUND by 51ea3
E. Waterboro
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by pparent
Peer reviewed by pparent
Field Notes
When my class went outside on October 18, 2011, we were all searching for a plant to identify in the pond area on campus. The area was drenched in water because of all the rain we got the past weekend. The area was at least a foot high in water. When I reached the pond area I found my plant and the area was very wet. My plant looked about the same as it did when I investigated it a few weeks ago, but most of the leaves were either eaten and had holes in them or they had fallen off. I measured the plant and it was about 68 cm. tall. The stem looked like a woody stem and looked as if it could belong to a bush. The stem was circular. The measurement of the leaves was about 4-8 cm. long. The leaves were lance shaped and had a smooth edge. On top of the plant there was something that looked like a mini pinecone. On the pinecone there was a white coating that looked like it might have been keeping the pinecone closed up. There was only about 2-3 pinecones and not many leaves overall on each plant. I think that my plant was starting to die off because it was showing signs off dying. That could mean that my plant blooms in the summer and dies off in the fall. That could be a step towards identifying my plant. The flooding in the pond area could have to do with the plant dying. When we were outside the temperature was about 18º celsius and it was pretty sunny outside. The latitude was 43.580917º and the longitude was -70.702901º. The only question is, can I identify this plant?
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
I do not think that these leaves belong to the Pussy Willow, but I do think they belong to a type of willow. I think this because the leaves on this plant are long, dark green, lance shaped, and smooth edged, but on the Pussy Willow the leaves look the same, but they are formed in an alternate position. Also the Pussy Willow leaves edges are toothed, unlike the ones on the plant above.
Photo of my evidence.
This stem does not belong to the Pussy Willow because the Pussy Willow's stem is a gray-brown color and is smooth. The stem on this plant is woody, a gray-ish color, rough feeling, and has many different branches branching off of it.
Photo of my evidence.
The last reason why I do not think this is the Pussy Willow is because this plant has a gall on it made by insects. It almost looks like a type of pinecone growing on top of it. On the Pussy Willow the flowers growing off it that look like little fuzzy buds. There was no fuzzy little flower buds on this plant, so I do not think that it is the Pussy Willow.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Salix discolor
Common name:
Pussy willow
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (user-placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.580917 °
W -70.702901 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Freshwater - On a wetland
Trip Information
Pond Area Biodiversity Study
Trip date: 
Tue, 2011-10-11 08:13
Town or city: 
E. Waterboro
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
10 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Paved road
Walking trail
Tree canopy cover: 
Soil moisture: 


I agree that this is not pussy willow

Really well done. You have a very challenging plant to identify and it was, I'm sure, pretty frustrating for you. You really looked at many characteristics and you did an excellent job comparing to Pussy willow. I think you will know for sure when we go out in the spring, but I think you are right in thinking that there would be some evidence on your plant this time of year as well. Great, comprehensive study.