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.


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