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Sonoran Desert Plants
Tamarix chinensis (Saltcedar, Tamarisk, salado, pino salado)

Ajo Peak at Night


 Tamarix chinensis

 Tamarix chinensis

Habitat: near water, riparian
Life Form: tree
Leaf Description: tiny,imbricate,scalelike
Flower Color: pink or magenta
Spines: spineless
Family: Tamaricaceae (tamarisk family)
Abundance: highly invasive,locally common,introduced
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S. and S. Rutman. 2016. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: A Flora of Southwestern Arizona. Part 20. Eudicots: Solanaceae to Zygophyllaceae. Phytoneuron 2016-52: 1-66. Published 4 August 2016. ISSN 2153 733X page 39 (7.5 MB pdf)

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Tamarix chinensis (opens in a new tab).






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