Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb.


Tamarix ramosissima is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 15-20 ft. (4.6-6.1 m) in height. The bark is smooth and reddish on younger plants, turning brown and furrowed with age.
Leaves are small, scale-like, gray-green in color, and overlap along the stem.
The 5-petaled flowers are pale pink to white, in dense plumes that bloom from early spring to late fall.
Fruit capsules contain numerous tiny (0.04 in. [0.1 cm] diameter) seeds.
Ecological Threat
T.ramosissima invades stream banks, sandbars, lake margins, wetlands, moist rangelands, and saline environments. It can crowd out native riparian species, diminish early successional habitat, and reduce water tables and interferes with hydrologic process.


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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Violales
Family: Tamaricaceae
Genus: Tamarix
Subject: Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
salt cedar, salt-cedar, tamarisk, tamarix


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