Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Canary Island Tamarisk - Tamarix canariensis   Willdenow
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DistributionOuter Banks and other barrier islands only. All NC specimens were originally determined as T. gallica, but later annotated to this species.

Native of southwestern Europe, northwestern Africa, and the Canary Islands. In N.A. NC to FL; also LA, AZ.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatMaritime roadsides, waste ground, brackish marsh edges.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-August.
IdentificationTamarisks are small cedar-like trees planted for their ability as a sand binder. The bark is often chestnut-tinged or maroon and rather flaky. The leaves are highly dissected into linear segments; the ultimate segments are scale-like and reminiscent of Juniperus (hence the name salt-cedar).
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Other Common Name(s)Salt-cedar
State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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