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Shrubs, trees, much-branched, often in saline habitats
Stem: trunk bark rough
Leaves alternate, sessile, entire
Inflorescence: racemes or spikes; bracts scale-like
Flower: sepals 46, generally free, overlapping; petals 45, overlapping, generally attached below nectary; stamens 410, attached to disk-like nectary; ovary 1-chambered, placentas parietal or basal, ovules 2many, styles 25
Fruit: capsule, loculicidal
Seeds many, hairy
Genera in family: ± 5 genera, 100 species: Eurasia, Africa, especially Medit.
Stems green, glabrous; twigs jointed, slender, often drooping
Leaves on twigs, generally overlapping, awl- to scale-like, generally excreting salt
Inflorescences generally in panicle-like clusters on current or previous year's twigs
Flower: sepals generally 5, persistent; petals generally 5, deciduous to ± persistent, white to reddish; stamens generally 5, filaments alternate or confluent with nectar disk lobes; nectar disk 45-lobed; placentas basal, styles 3
Etymology: (Latin: Tamaris River, Spain)
Reference: [Baum 1967 Baileya 15:1925]
Invasive weeds with deep roots that lower water table, especially along streams, irrigation canals. Most CA species cultivated for ornamental, windbreaks; some may hybridize.
Shrub or tree < 8 m
Leaf 1.53.5 mm, ovate; tip acute to acuminate
Inflorescence: spike 1.57 cm; bract > pedicel, triangular, acuminate
Flower: sepals 0.51 mm, ± ovate, obtuse to acute; petals 12 mm, elliptic to oblanceolate; nectar gland lobes wider than long; stamens alternate disk lobes
Ecology: Common. Washes, streambanks, ditches
Elevation: < 800 m.
Bioregional distribution: Tehachapi Mountain Area, San Joaquin Valley, South Coast, Western Transverse Ranges, East of Sierra Nevada, Desert
Distribution outside California: to c US, Arizona; native to e Asia
Flowering time: AprAug
Synonyms: T. pentandra Pall
Possibly = T. chinensis.
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