Tamarix aphylla

(Linnaeus) H. Karsten

Deut. Fl., 641. 1882.

Common names: Athel tamarisk
Basionym: Thuja aphylla Linnaeus Cent. Pl. I, 32. 1775
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 416. Mentioned on page 414, 415.

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.

Phenology: Flowering late summer–early winter.
Habitat: Lakeshores, riverways, sandy soil
Elevation: 0–600 m


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Introduced; Ariz., Calif., Nev., Tex., Utah, sw Asia, n Africa, introduced also in Mexico (Baja California, Coahuila), Australia.


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

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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John F. Gaskin +
(Linnaeus) H. Karsten +
Thuja aphylla +
Athel tamarisk +
Ariz. +, Calif. +, Nev. +, Tex. +, Utah +, sw Asia +, n Africa +, introduced also in Mexico (Baja California +, Coahuila) +  and Australia. +
0–600 m +
Lakeshores, riverways, sandy soil +
Flowering late summer–early winter. +
Illustrated +, Introduced +  and Weedy +
Tamarix aphylla +
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