Tamarix gallica var. micrantha Ledeb.
Shrub, 1-3 (-5) m tall with reddish brown to greyish brown bark and more or less appressed branches, plant entirely glabrous except the younger parts, glabrous to sparsely papillose. Leaves simple sessile with narrow base, narrowly ovate to lanceolate, younger leaves somewhat imbricate, 2-4 mm long, 0.5-2 mm broad, acute. Racemes aestival, densely compound, 4-12(-15) cm long, (2.5)-3 (-3.5) mm broad, peduncle 0.5-2.5 cm long. Bract herbaceous, somewhat narrowly triangular, 1.5-2 mm long, less than 0.5 mm broad, acuminate; pedicel c. 1 mm long or slightly shorter. Flowers pentamerous, pink. Sepals almost free, ovate or trullate ovate, acute to obtuse, finely denticulate at the margin, 0.5-0.75 mm long, 0.25-0.4 mm' broad. Petals free, obovate, rarely somewhat spathulate, 1.25-1.5 mm long, 0.5 mm broad, obtuse, caducous. Stamens 5, haplostemonous, filaments fused with the discal lobe i.e. confluent epilophic, 3 mm long, anthersmuticous, insertion peridiscal. Styles, 3 obovate, ovary stipitate, bottle-shaped, c. 1 mm long. Capsule 1.75-2 mm long, 0.5 mm broad.
Fl. Per.: May-October
Lectotype: Syssow in der Kirghisen steppe “Barssuki” am Aralsea 8. 1840 (P) (selected by Baum, 1966).
Distribution: A Central Asian species, distributed in Mongolia, Russia, Western Tibet, Pakistan and Iran.