saltcedar, salt cedar, salt-cedar, tamarisk, tamarix
- Tamarix ramosissima is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 15-20 ft. (4.6-6.1 m) in height. The bark is smooth and reddish on younger plants, turning brown and furrowed with age.
- Leaves are small, scale-like, gray-green in color, and overlap along the stem.
- The 5-petaled flowers are pale pink to white, in dense plumes that bloom from early spring to late fall.
- Fruit capsules contain numerous tiny (0.04 in. [0.1 cm] diameter) seeds.
- Ecological Threat
- T.ramosissima invades stream banks, sandbars, lake margins, wetlands, moist rangelands, and saline environments. It can crowd out native riparian species, diminish early successional habitat, and reduce water tables and interferes with hydrologic process.
- Zouhar, Kris. 2003. Tamarix spp. Fire Effects Information System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory
- Global Invasive Species Database. 2011. Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission
- Oregon Department of Agriculture Plant Programs, Noxious Weed Control
- Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board
- Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council
- Flora of China, www.eFloras.org
- California Invasive Plant Council
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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