Tamarix gallica monodiana Maire
Tamarix senegalensis is a profusely-branched shrub or small tree growing 2 - 3 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
Northwest Africa - most commonly near the coast from Senegal north to Morocco.
Saline soil, sandy desert and sea-shore; dry savannah; wadis; often forming extensive, pure stands[
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A plant of arid and semi-arid areas in the tropics and subtropics.
Requires a sunny position. Succeeds in very dry, sandy soils so long as there is ground water no more than 3 metres deep[
]. Plants can grow on soils of high salinity[
]. Judging by the plant's habitat, it should be very tolerant of maritime winds[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
A manna is said to exude from the plant[
Thie following is a report for the closely related Tamarix gallica:-
The sap exudes from punctures in the stems made by small insects; it collects along the branches in small beads which crystallize and are sweet, aromatic and pleasant to taste[
]. The droplets melt away in the heat of the sun and so are usually collected before sunrise[
The macerated fruit is a good remedy for colds[
Young shoots with leaves on are used to treat conjunctivitis[
The twigs are used as chewsticks to maintain the health of the teeth and gums[
The wood is used for building traditional huts[
The wood is used for fuel[
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