Salix mucronata subsp. woodii reaches heights to 7 m, but its riparian habitat often causes it to veer in the direction of river flow or even be partly prostrate.
The narrowly lanceolate leaves are alternate, simple and sometimes scattered along the length of a branch. The leaf midribs in picture are whitish. The short stalks bear the leaves horizontally. The upper stems in the photo are reddish, which is common for these trees.
S. mucronata in various subspecies guises is found in many parts of Africa (Coates Palgrave; 2002).