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Tamarix ramosissima

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Family: TamaricaceaeView Description 

Habit: Shrub, tree, much-branched. Stem: trunk bark rough. Leaf: alternate, sessile, entire, often scale-like, generally with salt-excreting glands. Inflorescence: [spike], raceme, compound raceme, [flowers 1]; bracts scale-like. Flower: sepals 4--5, generally free, overlapping; petals 4--5, free, overlapping, generally attached below nectary; stamens 4--5[many], attached below or to nectary; ovary superior, 1-chambered, placentas basal or parietal, intrusive (simulating chambers) or not, ovules 2--many; styles [0,2]3--4[5]. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal. Seed: many, hairy.
Genera In Family: +- 4 genera, 80 species: Eurasia, Africa. Note: Often in saline habitats.
eFlora Treatment Author: John F. Gaskin
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: TamarixView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Stem: young stems often +- pendent, slender, +- covered by leaves, hairy or glabrous. Leaf: small, awl- or scale-like, sessile, generally +- clasping stem, generally encrusted with excreted salt. Inflorescence: raceme or compound raceme on current or previous year's twigs; bract generally +- clasping. Flower: sepals 4--5, generally +- united at base, persistent; petals 4--5, free, deciduous to persistent, white, pink, red; stamens 4--5[15], free; nectary disk lobes 4--5[15], alternate or confluent with filaments; styles 3--4. Fruit: valves +- lanceolate. Seed: hairs in tuft at tip, > seed.
Species In Genus: +- 60 species: Eurasia, Africa. Etymology: (Latin: Tamaris River, Spain) Note: Invasive weeds with deep roots, especially along streams, irrigation canals. Most California species originally cultivated for ornamental, windbreaks; some hybridize. Tamarix africana Poir. excluded.

Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb.
Habit: Shrub or tree, < 8 m. Leaf: 1.5--3.5 mm, lanceolate, acute to acuminate. Inflorescence: 2° raceme 1.5--7 cm; bract triangular, acuminate. Flower: sepals 5, 0.5--1 mm, +- ovate, minutely dentate; petals 5, 1.5--2 mm, obovate to elliptic; stamens 5, alternate nectary disk lobes, attached to edge of disk.
Ecology: Common. Washes, streambanks; Elevation: < 2000 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, SnJV, CCo, SCoRO, SW, SNE, D; Distribution Outside California: to Washington, Louisiana, northern Mexico; native to Asia. Flowering Time: Apr--Aug Note: Very similar in morphology to Tamarix chinensis; hybridizes with Tamarix aphylla (rarely), Tamarix chinensis (commonly).
Synonyms: Tamarix pentandra Pall.
eFlora Treatment Author: John F. Gaskin
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Citation for this treatment: John F. Gaskin 2016. Tamarix ramosissima, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 06, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on February 06, 2016.

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