fivestamen tamarisk
Tamarix chinensis Lour.


Overview

Appearance
Tamarix chinensis is deciduous shrub that can grow up to 15 ft. (4.8 m) in height.
Foliage
Leaves are small, scale-like, gray-green in color, and overlap along the stem. The bark is smooth and reddish on younger plants, turning brown and furrowed with age.
Flowers
Flowers are white to pink in color and develop on slender racemes that are 0.8-2 in. (2-5 cm) long. Flowers have 5 stamens.
Fruit
Fruits are capsules that are 0.12-0.16 in. (3-4 mm).
Ecological Threat
Several species are considered invasive in the United States and distinguishing the species can often be difficult. Tamarix chinensis invades streambanks, 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. Tamarix chinensis is native to Eurasia and Africa and was introduced into the western United States as an ornamental in the early 1800s. It occurs throughout the western and central United States, but is most problematic in the Southwest.
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EDDMapS Distribution

EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

State Regulated List

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

Taxonomic Rank


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

Synonyms and Other Names


Related Scientific Names:
Tamarix pentandra Lour. (Synonym)

Categories


Plants - Hardwood Trees