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Salix repens ............................................Back

(creeping willow)

This species can become dominant on wet alkaline dune slacks, covering them with bushy growth. It has aan extensive root system which it needs to help get water and nutrients in the nutrient poor free draining sand. It can also develop roots from its prostrate stems. It is not able to tolerate permanent waterlogging and this may limit its distribution. Its leaves may form a dense litter which contributes detritus, humus and nutrients to the developing soil.

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