Tamarix

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Trees or shrubs; stems sometimes jointed. Leaves scale-like, dilated at the base and attached by their full width, often with salt-secreting glands. Inflorescence a narrow raceme or a spike. Flowers and fruits as for family.

54 species from western Europe and Africa, to eastern Asia; 2 naturalised in Australia.

Bibical 'manna' is believed to be principally the sweet exudate from insects feeding on desert species of Tamarix (e.g. T. mannifera Ehrenb. ex Bunge).

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Tamaricaceae
Higher taxa
genus Tamarix
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