Myrtama elegans (Royle) Ovcz. & Kinzikaeva, Dokl. Akad. Nauk Tadzhiksk. S.S.R. 20(7): 56 (1977). (syn: Myricaria elegans RoyleMyricaria elegans var. tsetangensis P.Y.Zhang & Y.J.ZhangTamaricaria elegans (Royle) Qaiser & AliTamarix 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. bracteataby 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.
2 images.


050722 JM 3: 7 images.

Myricaria sp.

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

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


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


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:

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.
Attachments (1)

Reply from another thread: 

There is an entry in eFI currently under this name, see:!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.


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.
This was at Agham on the banks of the Shyok river, Ladakh in August 2022.
Requested to please ID.

Polygonum ??

I could not find a match with any of the species distributed in Nepal.
Appears closer to polygonaceae members, but could not nail down the id from this family, as per listed species.

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.
3 attachments

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?


J&K, Srinagar, April 2023 :: Medium sized tree for ID :: ARK2023-033: 5 high res. images.

This tree was seen opposite Gate 19 of the Dal Lake, Srinagar, J&K in April 2023.
Is it some Tamarix?
Requested to please ID.

Tamrix species (T.gallica ???) .

Close up of the flowers would help proper ID.

The flowers were beyond my reach for a good closeup.

I think close to the following:

Pl. check.

But it is difficult. There is no clear pic of the flowers.


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