5239.000 Tamarix L. - Tamarisks

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Shrubs or trees, densely branched; root system deep; bark variously coloured, mostly brownish; young branches usually glabrous, dimorphic, ligneous growing branches not deciduous in winter, green vegetative branchlets deciduous in winter. Leaves alternate, sessile, amplexicaul, vaginate or auriculate; lamina small, scale-like, mostly with salt secreting glands. Inflorescence simple or compound racemes or panicles; bract 1; flowers small, usually pedicellate, 4 or 5-merous; calyx 4 or 5 lobed with imbricate aestivation; petals 4 or 5, free, apex obtuse, slightly notched or somewhat cuneate, pink, violate, purple or white, disk nectariferous, fleshy. Fruit capsules, conical, 3-5 angled, dehiscing via 3 valves. Seeds numerous, minute, compressed, coma sessile.

Worldwide: Species 55, in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

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pentandra Pallas
usneoides Bunge

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tamarix
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tamarix
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tamarix
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tamarix
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iNaturalist: Tamarix
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tamarix
JSTOR Plant Science: Tamarix
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tamarix
Plants of the World Online: Tamarix
Tropicos: Tamarix
Wikipedia: Tamarix

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Tamarix.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2147, retrieved 13 April 2024

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