Clear patches of ice along frozen creeks reveal bubbles, swimming fish, moving water, colorful leaves, and stones.
Jean C. Prior and James Sandrock, The Iowa Nature Calendar
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Prairie willowSalix humilis Marsh.
other common names : small pussy willow, upland willow, low willow, bush willow
Salix: the classical Latin name for this widespread genus
Humilis: from Latin, meaning “low,” in reference to the low-growing habit of this species. (This species frequently hybridizes with several others of the genus, especially the pussy willow, S. discolor.)
Willow family: Salicaceae
Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition