Tamarix aphylla

Family Tamaricaceae
Synonyms T. orientalis, T. articulata, Thuja aphylla
Local name Atl, Athel
Habitat in Egypt saline soils, desert wadis and sandy plains; shrub accumulating sand and forming vegetation mounds
Distribution North Africa, Sinai, Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan Ethiopia, Somalia, Northwest tropical Africa; widely cultivated in Egypt