Tamaricaceae (weeds)

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Tamarix ramosissima foliage (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut
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Tamaricaceae - Tamarix L. (weeds) - (tamarix family - saltcedars)

The family Tamaricaceae contains around 80 species of shrubs and trees assigned to 4 genera. The genus Tamarix is the largest and contains several species of weeds. These grow mainly in semi-arid regions and are salt tolerant. Some species have been grown as windbreaks and to control erosion.

The leaves are small, usually 1-5 mm long and scale-like. The inflorescences are 5-10 cm long with small flowers. The seeds are tiny (around 1 mm) and produced in capsules. They have tufts of hair and disperse through the air. Common saltcedar, Tamarix ramosissima, is the most important weed. It is mainly a problem in North American rangelands.


The literature database currently contains 71 publications for Tamarix (weeds). Please note that literature records for genera may not be complete. See box above on left for queries from the literature database.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: