Tamarix tetragyna var. deserti (Boiss). Zohary
Shrub, 2-5 m tall, with reddish brown bark, glabrous. Leaves alternate, sessile, ovate to oblong-ovate with somewhat narrow base, entire, 2-5 mm long, 1-1.5 mm broad with a diaphanous blunt or acutish end. Inflorescence vernal, racemes 3-9 cm. long, 5-8 mm broad; peduncel naked for a considerable distance, but somewhat squamate at the base. Flowers mostly tetramerous, rarely pentamerous, in the same raceme. Bracts broadly linear to somewhat obtrullate, slightly denticulate at the margin, usually ending in somewhat blunt end, 2-5 mm long, 1-1.25 mm broad, pedicel much shorter than the bract, 0.75-1 mm long, Sepals 4(5), united at the base, 2 mm long, 1-1.25 mm broad, inner somewhat smaller, obtusish, subentire, outer somewhat larger, more acutish and finely denticulate. Petals 4(5), obovate-elliptic, 2-3 mm long, 1.2-1.75 mm broad, entire, very slightly retuse at the tip, deciduous. Stamens 4(5), filaments filform, c. 1.5 mm long, anthers cordate, obtuse or minutely apiculate, disc confluent epilophic with hypodiscal insertion. Ovary somewhat stipitate, conical to bottle shaped, styles 4, some what clavate to spathulate. Capsule pyramical shaped, c.6 mm long.
Holotype: Ad more caspium, 1829, Meyer 1460 (G-Boiss). Cleptotype (K, P).
Distribution: Extending from Eastern Mediterranean to Saharo-Arabian region including southern Russia, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.