Tamarix parviflora

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Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Tamarix cretica Bge., Tamarix lucronensis Sennen & Elias, Tamarix petteri Presl ex Bge., Tamarix rubella Batt., Tamarix tetranda auct. non Pall., others. Plants are sometimes sold in California as Tamarix africana Poir, which is a different species.

Common names: smallflower tamarisk

Tamarix parviflora (smallflower tamarisk) is a shrub or a tree (family Tamaricaceae) and can be found along streams and lake shores, throughout California. Tamarix species are associated with dramatic changes in geomorphology, groundwater availability, soil chemistry, fire frequency, plant community composition, and native wildlife diversity.

Cal-IPC Rating: High?

CDFA Rating: -*?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Species ID Card

Invasive Species ID Card - To support field identification of early detection species, Cal-IPC has designed a set of Species ID cards that can be downloaded, printed double-sided, and trimmed to size.

Special Reports

Tamarisk Brochure - from the University of California's Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

Other Tamarix parviflora Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

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    Tamarix parviflora (smallflower tamarisk) flower (close-up). Photo: Ron Vanderhoff
    Tamarix parviflora_leaves (leaf scales) and flowers_copyright2013_NealKramer
    Tamarix parviflora (smallflower tamarisk) leaves (leaf scales) and flowers. Photo: &#169 2013 Neal Kramer
    Tamarix parviflora_infestation_copyright2010_NealKramer
    Tamarix parviflora (smallflower tamarisk) infestation. Photo: &#169 2010 Neal Kramer