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athel, athel tamarisk, saltcedar, tamarisk, tamarix

Habit Trees, to 10+ m.
Leaves

sheathing;

blade abruptly pointed, 2 mm.

Inflorescences

3–6 cm × 4–5 mm;

bract exceeding pedicel, not reaching calyx tip.

Flowers

5-merous;

sepals 1–1.5 mm, margins entire;

petals oblong to elliptic, 2–2.5 mm; antisepalous stamens 5, filaments alternate with nectar disc lobes, all originating from edge of disc.

2n

= 24.

Tamarix aphylla

Phenology Flowering late summer–early winter.
Habitat Lakeshores, riverways, sandy soil
Elevation 0–600 m [0–2000 ft]
Distribution
from FNA
AZ; CA; NV; TX; UT; sw Asia; n Africa [Introduced in North America; introduced also in Mexico (Baja California, Coahuila), Australia]
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Discussion

Tamarix aphylla forms hybrids (rarely) with T. ramosissima and T. chinensis.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 6, p. 416.
Parent taxa Tamaricaceae > Tamarix
Sibling taxa
T. africana, T. canariensis, T. chinensis, T. gallica, T. parviflora, T. ramosissima, T. tetragyna
Synonyms Thuja aphylla
Name authority (Linnaeus) H. Karsten: Deut. Fl., 641. (1882)
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