Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb.


Fl. Altaic. 1: 424 (1829) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Grey-green shrub or small tree to c. 6 m high; branches widely spreading or drooping at the tips. Leaves c. triangular, 1.5–4 mm long. Inflorescence a dense, spike-like raceme, 1.5–11 cm long, 3–5 mm wide, often drooping. Pedicels to c. 1 mm long, subequal to the subtending bract; sepals 5, ovate, 0.5–1 mm long, acute, green; petals 5, obovate, 1–1.8 mm long, dusky-pink, rarely white; disc 5-lobed, the filaments between the lobes up to c. twice as long as petals; stigma shortly 3-lobed. Fruit a beaked, ovoid capsule, to c. 6 mm long; seeds not seen (apparently rarely produced in Victoria). Flowers Nov.–Dec.

*DunT, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised SA. Native to eastern Europe through central Asia to China and Korea. Apparently naturalised in northern Victoria near Kerang and Cohuna. Trees along the lower Yarra River in suburban Melbourne may be either planted or naturalised from cultivated stock.

Tamarix aphylla (L.) Karsten (Athel Pine) is commonly grown as a drought- and salt-tolerant tree in north-western Victoria and inland Australia. It has jointed branchlets with leaves reduced to a minute lobe at the rim of each segment. It is apparently naturalised in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, and perhaps South Australia (but the illustration in Jessop & Toelken (1986, p. 872) appears to be of T. ramosissima).

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Tamaricaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-09-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Tamaricaceae
genus Tamarix
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Tamarix ramosissima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tamarix ramosissima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present introduced
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present introduced
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory