Tamaricaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Shrubs or trees. Leaves alternate. Inflorescence a simple or branched, spike-like raceme, a spike, or flowers solitary. Flowers small, subtended by a leaf-like or membranous bract (rarely 2 or 3 bracts); sepals 4 or 5, free; petals as many as sepals, free, caducous or persistent until fruit ripens; stamens as many as petals and opposite them (in Victoria) or up to twice as many as petals, inserted at the margin of, or below a (usually) lobed, cup-like nectary disc, anthers opening via longitudinal slits; ovary superior, 3(–5)-carpellate, 1-locular, stigma 3(–5)-lobed; ovules few–many. Fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds often with an apical tuft of hairs.

4 genera and c. 120 species, mainly in Europe, Asia and Africa; 1 genus naturalised in Australia.

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: Frank Udovicic, 2014-11-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
Higher taxa
family Tamaricaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Tamarix