The Tamarix Aphylla
is commonly known as Athel Tamarisk
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Athel tamarisk is an introduced species native to Africa and the Middle
]. It has escaped cultivation in some areas of the
United States but has not naturalized. It occurs from southern Texas to
southern Arizona and California [1
The currently accepted scientific name for Athel tamarisk is Tamarix
aphylla (L.) Karst. [2
]. There are no recognized subspecies,
varieties, or forms.
Athel tamarisk is sometimes found associated with the following species:
screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens), big saltbrush (Atriplex
lentiformis), arrow-weed (Pluchea sericea), western honey mesquite
(Prosopis glandulosa torreyana), desert saltbrush (Atriplex polycarpa),
pickleweed (Allenrolfea occidentalis), and saltgrass (Distichlis
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Tesky, Julie L. 1992. Tamarix aphylla. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.