The Salix Gooddingii
is commonly known as Black Willow
, Dudley Willow
, Goodding Willow
, Valley Willow
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Goodding willow is distributed from northern California to southern
Utah, southeast through New Mexico to the Texas panhandle, and west to
Arizona and southern California. It is also found in river valleys of
northern Mexico [16
The currently accepted scientific name of Goodding willow is Salix
gooddingii Ball. Recognized varieties are as follows [16
S. gooddingii var. gooddingii
S. gooddingii var. variabilis Ball
Some authorities consider S. gooddingii a western variety of S. nigra.
Dorn, however, considered them distinct species, citing differences in
Goodding willow is dominant in many riparian communities of the West,
where it frequently codominates with Fremont cottonwood (Populus
fremontii) [24,27,28]. It is listed as a dominant plant species in the
following published classifications:
Classification of riparian habitat in the Southwest 
Southwestern riparian plant communities: site characteristics,
tree species distributions, and size-class structures 
Terrestrial natural communities of California 
Common plant associates of Goodding willow are Arizona sycamore
(Platanus wrightii), mesquite (Prosopis spp.), desertwillow (Chilopsis
linearis), and southwestern condalia (Condalia lyciodes) [7,9].
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Reed, William R. 1993. Salix gooddingii In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.