Tamarix ramosissima

(Salt Cedar)


Tamarix ramosissima, Upper Prong Trail, Caprock Canyons State Park 9236


Tamarix ramosissima, Along Hwy 170, Big Bend Ranch State Park 3898


Tamarix ramosissima, Along Hwy 170, Big Bend Ranch State Park 3897

Scientific Name Tamarix ramosissima USDA PLANTS Symbol TARA
Common Name Salt Cedar ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 22310
Family Tamaricaceae (Tamarix) Texas Invasives Reference Click Here
Description Habitat: Sandy soils along streams, salt flats and waste areas. Introduced from Eurasia.
Plant: Spreading deciduous shrubs or small trees, 5 to 20 feet tall, with numerous slender, spreading branches; reddish-brown bark.
Leaves: Small, scale-like blades, alternate, lanceolate, 1/8-inch long or less, sessile.
Inflorescence: Small, pale pink to white flowers arranged in spike-like racemes 3/4 to 2-3/4 inches long; flowers with 5 very small petals about 1/16-inch long or less and 5 sepals, wuth irregular edges.
Bloom Period: Early spring to late fall.
References: Texas Invasives, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Flora of North America.
Note: Some authorities consider T. ramosissimus to be synomynous with T chinensis. From the literature, one obvious difference is that the bark of the former is reddish-brown and the latter, brown to blackish-purple.
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