Salicaceae Willow Family

Trees or shrubs; leaves simple, alternate, undivided, with stipules

either minute and soon falling or leafy and persistent; inflorescence

from axillary buds of the preceding season, appearing with or before the

leaves, in nearly erect, spreading or drooping catkins, sterile and

fertile on separate trees; flowers one to each bract, without calyx

or corolla; stamens one to many; style short or none; stigmas 2, entire

or 2-4-lobed; fruit a 2-4-celled capsule.