Tamarix tetragyna, Four-stamen tamarisk, Saltcedar,
Hebrew: אשל מרובע, Arabic: أثل رباعي الأخبية

Scientific name:  Tamarix tetragyna Ehrenb.
Common name:  Four-stamen tamarisk, Saltcedar
Hebrew name:  אשל מרובע
العربية, Arabic name:  Ethel Quartet Alokhbayh, أثل رباعي الأخبية
Family:  Tamaricaceae, Tamarix family, אשליים

Tamarix tetragyna, Four-stamen tamarisk, Saltcedar, אשל מרובע , أثل رباعي الأخبية
Location: Achu Binyamina

Life form:  Tree, 1-3 m high
Stems:  Reddish brown bark; glabrous
Leaves:  Alternate, scale
Inflorescence:  vernal, racemes 3-9 cm. long, 5-8 mm broad
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite; mostly tetramerous, rarely pentamerous; white
Fruits / pods:  Capsule pyramical shaped, 6 mm long
Flowering Period:  January, February, March, April, December
Habitat:  Saline Sandy Soils, Swamps, Edges of Salt Marshes
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts Salt resistance : grows in salty and non-salty habitats
Chorotype:  Med - Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Tamarix tetragyna, Four-stamen tamarisk, Saltcedar, אשל מרובע , أثل رباعي الأخبية
Location: Achu Binyamina


Derivation of the botanical name:
Tamarix, the Latin name for this plant derived from the Tamaris River in Spain.
tetragyna, with 4 styles or carpels.
  • The standard author abbreviation Ehrenb. is used to indicate Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795 – 1876), a German naturalist, zoologist, comparative anatomist, geologist, and microscopist.
According to Harold Moldenke (1909-1996), an American botanist/taxonomist (Plants of the Bible p.227): Tamarix tetragyna: also called Tamarix deserti Boiss. and T. noeana Boiss.