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Tamarix ramosissima

Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb.

 

Tamarisk, Tamarix, Saltcedar

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyTamaricaceaeFrom Latin tamarix, possibly associated with Tamarici, a people of the Atlantic Coast of Spain
GenusTamarixThe Latin name for this plant derived from the Tamaris River in Spain
SpeciesramosissimaVery branched

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Saltcedar is native to eastern Europe and temperate regions of Asia. It is considered a serious invasive species over much of its North American range. It prefers riverbanks and brackish soils that are well drained, and full sunlight, at elevations below 1.3 mi (2.1 km). Bushes live for up to 100 years.

Plants: This deciduous shrub is 15-20' (4.6-6.1 m) high. On young shrubs, bark is smooth and reddish. Older plants have brown and furrowed bark. Plant roots extend up to 30' (9.1 m) down to reach water tables.

Leaves: Scale-like, gray-green, leaves are ½" (1.5 cm) long × ¹/₃₂" (1 mm) wide, overlapping along branches. The foliage strongly resembles that of cedar, hence the name “salt­cedar,” but the species are not related.

Flowers: Flowers appear on multiply branched linear spikes. Spikes are ¾-1¾" (2-5 cm) long. Individual flowers are pink, about ¹/₃₂" (1.5 mm) across, with 5 petals.

Fruits: Capsules are pinkish red to greenish yellow, ¹/₁₆-⅛" (3-4 mm) long, and contain numerous seeds less than ¹/₃₂" (0.5 mm) in size.

Online References:

Tamarix ramosissima on www.columbia.edu

Tamarix ramosissima on www.invasiveplantatlas.org

Tamarix ramosissima at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Tamarix ramosissima at cabi.org’s Invasive Species Compendium

Tamarix ramosissima (Tamarisk, Tamarix, Saltcedar)

4/29/2018 · Jack Smith Park, Colorado River, Needles, CA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Tamarix ramosissima (Tamarisk, Tamarix, Saltcedar)

4/29/2018 · Jack Smith Park, Colorado River, Needles, CA
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm)

Tamarix ramosissima description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Tamarix ramosissima (Tamarisk, Tamarix, Saltcedar)

4/29/2018 · Jack Smith Park, Colorado River, Needles, CA
≈ 10 × 6" (24 × 16 cm)

Tamarix ramosissima (Tamarisk, Tamarix, Saltcedar)

4/29/2018 · Jack Smith Park, Colorado River, Needles, CA
≈ 8 × 5" (20 × 13 cm)

Tamarix ramosissima (Tamarisk, Tamarix, Saltcedar)

4/29/2018 · Jack Smith Park, Colorado River, Needles, CA
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm)

Tamarix ramosissima (Tamarisk, Tamarix, Saltcedar)

4/29/2018 · Jack Smith Park, Colorado River, Needles, CA
≈ 8 × 5" (20 × 13 cm)

Range: Zones 2-8:

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