Myrtama elegans (Royle) Ovcz. & Kinzikaeva, Dokl. Akad. Nauk Tadzhiksk. S.S.R. 20(7): 56 (1977). (syn: Myricaria elegans Royle; Myricaria elegans var. tsetangensis P.Y.Zhang & Y.J.Zhang; Tamaricaria elegans (Royle) Qaiser & Ali; Tamarix ladachensis B.R.Baum);
Central Asia to Pakistan and W. China: Pakistan, Tadzhikistan, Tibet, West Himalaya, Xinjiang as per POWO;
Afghanistan (Wakhan), Tajikistan, W-Tibet, Jammu & Kashmir (Nubra, Ladakh), India (Himachal Pradesh, Garwhal), Pakistan (Chitral), Pakistani Kashmir (Gilgit, Baltistan) as per Catalogue of Life;
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).
Common name: Elegant False Tamarisk, Myricaria, False tamarisk
Myrtama elegans: 8 images.
Attaching images from alongside the river Syok, in Syok valley while on way from Nubra valley to Pangong Tso, on 17.6.22, in Ladakh.
Attaching also high res. images one by one.
8 high res. images.
That is how they look from the vehicle.
050722 JM 3: 7 images.
Myrtama elegans (Royle) Ovcz. & Kinzik. ??
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.
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
This and other posts on the page need to go under Myrtama elegans (Royle) Ovcz. & Kinzikaeva
Distributed as Myricaria elegans
Both POWO and Catalogue of Life treat it under Myrtama
Date:- July 2014
Myricaria elegans (Family: Tamaricaceae) at Nubra Valley, Ladakh.
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 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.
Reply from another thread:
I see that ‘The Plant List’ has M.germanica var. squamosa as a synonym of M.germanica.
Myrtama elegans: Ule, Ladakh: 18 images.
In rocky sand area near Indus, in Ule (10,000 ft.) Ladakh, on 14.6.22.
Ladakh, August 2022 :: White flower for ID :: ARK2022-155: 3 high res. images.
I could not find a match with any of the species distributed in Nepal.
It is from Ladakh
Yes, I meant to say Ladakh.
Any match to Polygonum aviculare L. ??
…: Please check according to the list for Jammu Kashmir.
I think looks different from images at Polygonum aviculare
Myrtama elegans (Royle) Ovcz. & Kinzik. (Tamaricaceae)
Yes, you are right as per images at Myrtama elegans (Royle) Ovcz. & Kinzikaeva
I was also a little confused due to the similarity of the flowers with Polygonaceae.
To me it looks like one of those shrubs on river banks, Myricaria elegans most likely. Any better photo of the leaves?