Erect shrub up to 4 m tall, with reddish-brown older branches, bearing lateral leafy branches and racemes; leaves on branches of current year, elliptic to elliptic lanceolate10-15 mm long with narrowly membranous margin; racemes spike-like, usually lateral, rarely terminal, 10-15 cm long; bracts ovate, 3-5 mm long with broadly membranous margin; pedicel 2-3 mm long; sepals ovate-lanceolate to triangular-ovate, 2 mm long, margin membranous; petals white to pink, obovate to nearly rounded, 5-6 mm long, narrowed at base; capsule nearly 8-10 mm long.
Easily differentiated from Myricaria bracteata (syn: M. germanica var. bracteata) by its larger leaves (10-15 mm as against 2-3 mm) and shorter usually lateral spikes (and not terminal very long).


Tamaricaria elegans from Ladakh (17/06/2011 NSJ-01): Elegant False Tamarisk (Tamaricaria elegans) in full bloom from Nubra Valley, Ladakh


Flora of China again in 2007 hs brought it back as Myricaria elegans and the same is followed by Tropicos and Kew Plant List.

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Commonly known as Oumbu in Ladakhi language
A very Common species and characteristic of riveraine vegetation
Crushed aerial parts are used as poltice on joints to relieve pain and oedema (Aamchi System of Medicines).


Aamchi System of Medicines…is this book?
if yes… coul you give me complete citation including ISBN.


No, .. its not a book but Aamchis are local vaidya/healers in Ladakh and they are well versed with herbs and practice age old Tibetan system


 

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Myricaria elegans Royle var. elegans from Kashmir: Myricaria elegans Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 214. 1839. var. elegans

Syn: Myrtama elegans (Royle) Ovczinnikov & Kinzikaëva; Tamaricaria elegans (Royle) Qaiser & Ali; Tamarix ladachensis B. R. Baum.
Easily differentiated from Myricaria bracteata (syn: M. germanica var. bracteata) by its larger leaves (10-15 mm as against 2-3 mm) and shorter usually lateral spikes (and not terminal very long).
Erect shrub up to 4 m tall, with reddish-brown older branches, bearing lateral leafy branches and racemes; leaves on branches of current year, elliptic to elliptic lanceolate10-15 mm long with narrowly membranous margin; racemes spike-like, usually lateral, rarely terminal, 10-15 cm long; bracts ovate, 3-5 mm long with broadly membranous margin; pedicel 2-3 mm long; sepals ovate-lanceolate to triangular-ovate, 2 mm long, margin membranous; petals white to pink, obovate to nearly rounded, 5-6 mm long, narrowed at base; capsule nearly 8-10 mm long.
Photographed from Pahalgam, Kashmir


 

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For identification – Ladakh : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
Please id the attached..
Place:- Hemis National Park, Ladakh
Date:- July 2014 


Tamarix ?


It is Myricaria elegans


 

 

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Myricaria elegans — at Nubra Valley, Ladakh- July-PKA-23 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Myricaria elegans (Family: Tamaricaceae) at Nubra Valley, Ladakh.


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ID Request 3 – 4Jul09-SJ (Ladakh series) : 10 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3) 

resuming my Ladakh series, here are images of a shrub which were ubiquitous but in varying degrees of flourescence in different parts of Ladakh. They grew largely by streams.  
Would much appreciate help with ID of this pink beauty.


Guess this is Tamarix ramosissima.


thank you very much for the ID. I will share it with my siblings, my travel-mates who were also wowed by these blossoms.


I feel it appears like Myricaria germanica (though not sure) as per links:
Or Myricaria squamosa as per links:
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200014291 (desc.)


I found one of the synonyms on ibiblio to be Tamarix germanica. I am enclosing another photo (though hazy) which I have already labelled as per Swapna’s ID – in case it helps establish the correct ID.

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Reply from another thread: 

There is an entry in eFI currently under this name, see: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/indiantreepix/5efgDP3BVGg
There was uncertainty at the time. Looks more like a Myricaria than a Tamarix to me; will take another look some time – adding to my ever-increasing list of genera/ postings to check further.
Should be a choice between M.elegans and M.germanica.


I consider these images (albeit 2 are only in bud) to be of Myricaria elegans– which has a photo in the Supplement to Flowers of the Himalaya.
The two images of the FOI site look correctly identified to me.
Dickore and Klimes (2005) record the following members of Tamaricaceae in Ladakh:
Myricaria elegans Royle – Stewart recorded this to 4500m
Myricaria germanica Desv. subsp. alopecuroides (Schrenk) Kitam.
Stewart recorded this to 3300m being common in Kashmir on islands and sand banks of streams; Koelz collection 2589 below Leh was named as this.
Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb. – Stewart only recorded this from Baluchistan!
Flowers of the Himalaya, on the other hand, record:
Myricaria elegans as common on stony slopes in Ladakh @ 2700-4000m
Myricaria squamosa Desv. as common and gregarious in Ladakh & Lahul, riversides @ 2400-4000m
The authors have M.germanica as common & gregarious in Kashmir by Sind & Lidder rivers @ 1500-2100m.
Apparently, the leaves of M.germanica & M.squamosa are 3-5mm; those of M.elegans 6mm or more.
I see that ‘The Plant List’ has M.germanica var. squamosa as a synonym of M.germanica.


   

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