Plants photographed elsewhere in Namibia (not on Kyffhäuser)
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Tamarix usneoides E.Mey. ex Bunge

Tamarix usneoides


Family: Tamaricaceae
Full name: Tamarix usneoides E.Mey. ex Bunge
Location: Swakop river bed (2214DA)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Abiekwasgeelhout, Dawip, Dawep, Dabbieboom, Dabbie, Dabees, Dawee, Daweep, Soutboom, Dabi-boom
English common name(s): (Wild) Tamarisk, Abikwa tree, Dabbie, Daweb
Synonym(s): Tamarix angolensis Nied.
Tamarix austro-africana Schinz
Tamarix engleri Arendt
Status: Native
Description: Tamarix usneoides is a perennial shrub or small tree 0.6–6.09 m tall; crown upright, narrow, somewhat columnar or narrowly conical; plants usually found in dense stands. Stems short, scaly. Branches leafy, usually extending from ground level; branchlets almost drooping. Bark brown-grey, rough, glabrous when older, longitudinally fissured. Leaves 1.25 mm long, greyish green, with salt glands, scale-like, vaginate (base clasping the stem or branch), closely overlapping, with short to inconspicuous herbaceous point. The plants are rarely dioecious. Inflorescence loose to more or less densely composed of slender axillary sprays or racemes. Flowers very small, pale, cream-white; petals inequilateral, 2.25 mm long, elliptic-ovate; sepals entire, outer sepals smaller, ovate-acute, inner sepals bigger, trullate-ovate; bracts similar to leaves, vaginate, shorter than to slightly exceeding pedicels (flower stalks); pedicels half as long as sepals; corolla persistent. Flowering in summer, July to October, sometimes in January, February and May. Fruit is a capsule, ovoid, about 6 mm long, dehiscent. Each flower can produce thousands of tiny (1 mm diameter) seeds that are contained in a small capsule and are usually decorated with a tuft of hair at the apex. (from website)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 20 Sep 2013
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ45
Lens aperture: f/3.2
Shutter speed: 1/125 s
ISO speed: 100
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020

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